A popular jogging app is leaking military secrets

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A closer look at those areas brings into focus the locations and outlines of well-known United States military bases, as well as other lesser-known and potentially sensitive sites - possibly because American soldiers and other personnel are using fitness trackers as they move around.

Strava, which describes itself as a "social network for those who strive", works with most phones and GPS-enabled fitness watches.

While the locations of military bases are generally known, there are concerns about the level of activity it reveals about personnel inside and around the bases.

The Global Heatmap was released at the beginning of November, at which time its creators were boasting that it was the "largest, richest, and most lovely dataset of its kind" (a sentiment enemies of the USA will definitely agree with). Implying that military personnel had their location settings made public.

The map doesn't include live data.

Strava does give users the option not to share their data.

"Recent data releases emphasize the need for situational awareness when members of the military share personal information", Major Audricia Harris, a Pentagon spokeswoman, told AFP.




"As bad as the publicly available heat map is, the underlying data that Strava is collecting is a security nightmare for governments around the world", Lewis said. More concerning is that the data can be scraped to get a list of those that have travelled a route.

A new app created to show where people are exercising has unwittingly revealed the locations of secret military bases around the world.

Cybersecurity and privacy researcher John Scott-Railton wrote in a blog post that in just an hour he was able to "identify several covert and non-declared operating bases, diplomatic outposts, and possible intelligence facilities in several ongoing conflict zones in Africa and the Middle East".

People also found a UK RAF base in the Falklands and French forces in Niger.

However, it's just not the U.S. military bases, the analysts posted images of others including Turkey, Russia, France, etc. When you zoom in on Afghanistan, you can see lines moving from base to base and large heat spots in certain areas of bases, which may indicate where troops congregate.

The global heatmap contains more than 1 billion activities logged on Strava from 2015 through September 2017.

Military staff - especially those in secret bases - should really know better than to turn their fitness tracker on when they go for a jog. "[The map] had that incredible amount of data that is quite sensitive".

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