Armed forces reassess security after Strava app reveals troop locations

Armed forces reassess security after Strava app reveals troop locations”

But the military, the news outlet reported, did not respond to a question about existing regulations for using fitness-tracking apps.

Strava is a "social networking" website & app aimed at athletes, and allows users to upload data from devices such as Fitbits. Perhaps the most chilling we've spotted is the allegation that the data has revealed a Central Intelligence Agency black site in Djibouti.

Strava, the company that records the data from Fitbit released a global heat map that records all activity by their users.

A 20-year-old Australian National University security studies student Nathan Ruser uncovered the potential breach for military bases.

From the site, it's possible to identify individuals' running routes, and around military bases users had posted profile photos of themselves wearing military uniforms. But unbeknown to many of its users, Strava has used their location data to in a worldwide heatmap including three trillion coordinates, titled "Where We Play".

The map of Iraq is largely dark, indicating limited use of the Strava app, but a series of well-known military bases where American and allied forces have been deployed as part of their war against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are highlighted in detail.

The Strava statement said its heatmap "represents an aggregated and anonymized view ..."

"We are committed to helping people better understand our settings to give them control over what they share", it said. "It excludes activities that have been marked as private and user-defined privacy zones", it said. This update saw the scale of the map increase to 1bn activities with 3bn latitude and longitude points and 10 terabytes of raw input data, among other things.

This is also true of British military bases. "You can establish a pattern of life", he said.

"We are going to take a look at the Department-wide policy to ensure that we have operational security and force protection", Colonel Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters.

He said: "US Bases are clearly identifiable and mappable".

"Recent data releases emphasize the need for situational awareness when members of the military share personal information", Pentagon spokesman Major Adrian J.T. Rankine-Galloway of the U.S. Marine Corps said in a statement about the implications of the Strava data that has made global headlines.

One Twitter user said he had located a Patriot missile system site in Yemen. "Recent data releases emphasize the need for situational awareness when members of the military share personal information".

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