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Fitness app Strava accidentally reveals highly sensitive information about U.S. soldiers’ location

January 30, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Fitness app Strava accidentally reveals highly sensitive information about U.S. soldiers’ location Strava (screenshot)

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Sensitive information regarding the location and activities of U.S. soldiers around the globe was revealed on the Strava internet fitness app.

According to the New York Times, the information is found on the Stforva Global Heat Map, which the tracking company released in November.

The app is available on smartphones and jogging devices such as Fitbit. Strava has been tracking activities since 2015 and has over three trillion GPS points within its database.

Experts are concerned that the map could reveal the whereabouts of military bases.

“If soldiers use the app like normal people do, by turning it on when they exercise, it could be especially dangerous,” Nathan Ruser, the founder of the Institute for United Conflict Analysts, said on Twitter on Saturday.

The Strava fitness map ‘accidentally revealed the location of secret military bases’ by tracking the movements of U.S. soldiers (Strava  screenshot)

Ruser tweeted about the heat map, and other military analysts soon provided their opinions.

Tobias Schneider, a security analyst, said the information could assist individuals who want to attack U.S. troops.

“This is a security threat,” Schneider said to The Washington Post. “You can see a pattern. You can see where a person who lives on a compound runs down a street to exercise.”

However, a spokesperson for Strava said the heat map doesn’t expose activities that are set to private.

“Our global heat map represents an aggregated and anonymized view of over a billion activities uploaded to our platform,” the spokesman stated. “It excludes activities that have been marked as private. We are committed to helping people understand our settings to give them control over what they share.”

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