Screenshot from the NHK World-Japan newscast.

A information report from NHK World-Japan claims a crazed fan used eye reflections in pictures uploaded to social media, amongst different issues, to trace down a well-known Japanese pop star’s condominium in Tokyo the place he allegedly assaulted her.

The report claims Hibiki Sato admitted to determining which prepare station the star left to stroll dwelling by learning the sunshine path seen in a few of her movies, in addition to a mirrored image of the station seen in her eyes in a picture she uploaded to social media. Geared up with these particulars, Sato allegedly waited on the station for the pop begin to arrive, adopted her to her residence, and assaulted her.

Although the state of affairs is weird, the concept of high-resolution pictures inadvertently revealing data through eye reflections is not new. In 2013, for instance, a research revealed in PLOS revealed that it’s potential to extract pictures of identifiable bystanders from eye reflections captured in high-resolution pictures. The approach was offered as a possible device for serving to regulation enforcement collect knowledge as a part of investigations, nevertheless it’s clear the idea can be utilized by anybody for nefarious causes as effectively.