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Fitness Tracking App Creates Military Security Nightmare
by Clarion Project
A fitness tracking app was used to reveal sensitive data from U.S. military bases around the world – some in war zones.
The security gaff was discovered when a student in Australia, using Strava’s Global Heatmap, tweeted about the military images available through the app.
The app uses a smartphone’s GPS and is meant to track where and when a user is exercising, creating a kind of global social network for athletes. It can also be synced with other fitness tracking devices such as Fitbits and smartphones.
Strava came out with the heat map last November. The map covers 17 billion miles of routes around the world.
Nathan Ruser, a founding member of the Institute for United Conflict Analysts and a student at the Australian National University, tweeted, “Strava released their global heatmap. 13 trillion GPS points from their users (turning off data sharing is an option). https://medium.com/strava-engineering/the-global-heatmap-now-6x-hotter-23fc01d301de … … It looks very pretty, but not amazing for Op-Sec. US Bases are clearly identifiable and mappable.”