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Soldiers giving up sensitive data on activities and bases by jogging


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You might want to pass this to any soldiers you know regardless of the country. Internet of Things (IoT) people, the Internet and your friends do not need to know where you are and what your are doing. Fitness apps, GPS geo-logging on photos you take, it all gives out info bad guys do not need to know.

US soldiers are revealing sensitive and dangerous information by jogging

https://www.adn.com/nation-world/2018/01/28/us-soldiers-are-revealing-sensitive-and-dangerous-information-by-jogging/

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BEIRUT – An interactive map posted on the internet that shows the whereabouts of people who use fitness devices such as Fitbit also reveals highly sensitive information about the location and activities of soldiers at U.S. military bases, in what appears to be a major security oversight.

The Global Heat Map, published by the GPS tracking company Strava, uses satellite information to map the location and movements of subscribers to the company's fitness service over a two-year period, by illuminating areas of activity.

Strava says it has 27 million users around the world, including people who own widely available fitness devices such as Fitbit, Jawbone and Vitofit, as well as people who directly subscribe to its mobile phone application. The map is not live – rather it shows a pattern of accumulated activity between 2015 and September last year.

Most parts of the United States and Europe, where millions of people use some form of fitness tracker, show up on the map as a blaze of light, because there is so much activity.

In warzones and deserts such as Iraq and Syria, the heatmap becomes almost entirely dark – except for a few scattered pinpricks of activity. Zooming in on those brings into focus the locations and outlines of known U.S. military bases, as well as of other unknown and potentially sensitive sites – presumably because U.S. soldiers and other personnel are using fitness trackers as they move around.

 

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