Jogging app Strava reveals highly sensitive information about United States soldiers' location

29 January, 2018, 11:07 | Author: Shannon Newton
  • Icon of Strava app. Courtesy Strava

The Global Heat Map, published by the GPS tracking company Strava, uses satellite information to map the locations and movements of subscribers to the company's fitness service over a two-year period, by illuminating areas of activity, The Washington Post reported Sunday. The fitness app Strava, available for both iOS and Android, launched a giant, updated map of its users' fitness activities this past November.

The US-based sports app Strava announced a year ago that it was launching a new version of its Global Heat Map, which would be six times more intricate than the original model unveiled in 2015. A 20-year-old global security and Middle East expert finally took a closer look at the map this weekend after his father noted it basically shows "where rich white people are", the Washington Post reports.

The Washington Post reports that cities in the United States and Europe show up as "blazes of light" because of the amount of activity, but in warzones such as Iraq and Syria the map "becomes nearly entirely dark - except for scattered pinpricks of activity" which align with known USA bases, and other "potentially sensitive sites".

Zooming in on known military bases in Iraq and Syria reveals hives of tracked activity, presumably mapping the fitness and patrol routines of soldiers.

Srinagar: Two civilians killed in security forces 'firing'
Two boys, Javed Ahmed Bhat and Suhail Javed Lone were killed by the Army when their convey was pelted with stones on Saturday. Seven Army personnel were also sustained injuries and eleven vehicles were damaged in the clash, the statement said.

The Pentagon has been interested in fitness trackers since it distributed Fitbits to US troops in 2013. In 2013, the Pentagon distributed 2,500 Fitbits as part of a pilot programme to combat obesity.

According to an analyst quoted by The Guardian, although the heatmap "looks very pretty", it's not awesome for operational security at us military bases that are clearly identifiable and mappable.

"I wondered, does it show U.S. soldiers?"

Ruser began tweeting about the heat map Saturday and other military experts and analysts soon weighed in.

41 killed in South Korean hospital blaze
Administrators at Sejong Hospital, the fire site, said one doctor, one nurse and one nurse's assistant were among the casualties. By yesterday afternoon, police had cordoned off the hospital as forensic investigators combed the smoke-blackened building.

The site does not identify the users of the app and shows many locations that may belong to aid agencies, United Nations facilities and the military bases of other nations - or anyone whose personnel is likely to use fitness trackers, said Tobias Schneider, an worldwide security analyst based in Germany.

The Post added that other journalists on Twitter were also weighing in on what they identified to be US military bases. In Helmand province, Afghanistan, for instance, the locations of forward operating bases can be clearly seen, glowing white against the black map. But in doing so, it also shows locations where soldiers wearing those devices are training, including sites in Somalia, Niger, Syria and Afghanistan. In more remote areas, such as Afghanistan, Djibouti and Syria, the users of Strava are said to be nearly exclusively foreign military personnel. Concentrations of light inside a base may indicate where troops live, eat or work, suggesting possible targets for enemies.

The Strava app is far more common in western countries than elsewhere - making foreign military bases easily identifiable as isolated "hotspots" in the Middle East.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agent fatally shoots kidnapping victim during raid
According to sources, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents mistakenly or accidentally shot the victim. Smith stressed there was no indication any of the suspected kidnappers actually had cartel connections.

Recommended:

  • Australian Open day 13

    Australian Open day 13

    But she did that in the first set of today's match via a tie-break, before Halep ensured that it would go the distance. She went to advantage in two matches, fending off match points in both those matches before going on to win.
    Another Cryptocurrency Exchange Hit - Coincheck Confirms Theft Bigger Than Mt Gox

    Another Cryptocurrency Exchange Hit - Coincheck Confirms Theft Bigger Than Mt Gox

    The company subsequently suspended withdrawals in all forms of digital currency as well as in yen. NEM, or New Economy Movement, launched on March 31, 2015 with the currency symbol XEM.
    River Seine continues to rise due to record rainfall

    River Seine continues to rise due to record rainfall

    However, the highest rise in water level of Seine was in 1910, when the numbers were reported to be as high as 28 feet. In the suburb of Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, flooding forced some residents into boats to move along the roads.
  • Kabul: Explosions at military university

    Kabul: Explosions at military university

    Earlier on Wednesday, gunmen attacked the offices of the worldwide NGO Save the Children in the city of Jalalabad. The Local Ariana News reported that two attackers and two soldiers got killed in the exchange of fire.
    Vince McMahon's XFL to kick off in 2020, will you watch?

    Vince McMahon's XFL to kick off in 2020, will you watch?

    But there is perhaps another explanation why McMahon is willing to try again - US President Donald Trump's disdain for the NFL . With Trump's endorsement, McMahon may finally have another hit on his hands outside the confines of the wrestling ring.
    Tiger Wood makes the cut at Torrey Pines

    Tiger Wood makes the cut at Torrey Pines

    Palmer finished eagle-birdie on the North Course at Torrey Pines for a five-under 67, taking him to 11-under for the tournament. I'm looking forward to playing a full schedule and getting ready for the Masters and I haven't done that in a very long time.
  • DeMarcus Cousins: Pelicans' All-Star out for the season after injury

    DeMarcus Cousins: Pelicans' All-Star out for the season after injury

    And for Pelicans' Center DeMarcus Cousins , news just broke that he may have suffered one of the worst sports injuries of all. And the Pelicans' earned it on Friday, tallying their most meaningful win since the final day of the 2014-15 regular season.
    US Trade Commission Blocks 300% Tariffs On Bombardier CSeries Planes

    US Trade Commission Blocks 300% Tariffs On Bombardier CSeries Planes

    The company can now proceed with the delivery of 75 CSeries jets to Delta Air Lines , originally scheduled to begin in the spring. Boeing has argued that the Embraer plane is a regional jet that doesn't compete with the C Series or Boeing's 737.
    US Offers $3 Million Prize To Boost Solar Manufacturing

    US Offers $3 Million Prize To Boost Solar Manufacturing

    The 30 percent tariff , which declines by 5 percent per year over four years, offers an exemption for the first 2.5 GW of imports. What's your take on the solar tariffs? There are also peer-to-peer networks that allow homeowners with solar to to those in need.
  • Donald Trump says he's not a feminist: 'I'm for everyone'

    Donald Trump says he's not a feminist: 'I'm for everyone'

    Trump then spoke of his relationship with British Prime Minister Theresa May , saying she is doing "a very good job". Trump had retweeted the tweets of Britain First's Jayda Fransen in November.
    Jerusalem Mayor Barkat Thanks VP Pence For His Support Of Jerusalem

    Jerusalem Mayor Barkat Thanks VP Pence For His Support Of Jerusalem

    As Pence began to speak in the Knesset, a group of Arab legislators heckled him and were immediately escorted out by security. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, drawing condemnation from across the Arab and Muslim world.

    IPL auction: Joe Root goes unsold in his first season

    As many as 21 players have ended up being unsold, including the likes of Murali Vijay , James Faulkner , Chris Gayle among others. As part of the nomination process, each player must elect a base price, which is effectively a minimum starting bid.


Popular

San Jose to host 2019 All-Star Game
In game two, 56 percent of public bets are placed on the Metropolitan Division All-Stars to defeat the Atlantic Division . For the second straight year, the format in the All-Star Game will be a 3-on-3 style tournament with four teams.

Mattis describes North Korea Regime as 'Threat to the Entire World'
It test-fired three intercontinental ballistic missiles and conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test past year . But Mattis pointed out that South Korean officials have promised to limit the talks to Olympics-related topics.

Man Killed After Being Sucked Into MRI Machine
The freak accident, involving a man who got suck into an MRI machine, happened last night in a hospital in Central Mumbai , India. MRI scanners use strong magnetic fields, electric field gradients, and radio waves to generate images of the organs in the body.

Federal Bureau of Investigation says body found in pond believed to be missing NC boy
Anyone withinformation regarding Raul is asked to call the Scotland County Sheriff's Office at 910-276-3385, or call 911. Raul was reported missing Wednesday after he wandered away from his home where he was being watched by his grandfather.

Democrats Set To Obliterate Devin Nunes' FBI Secret Society Conspiracy Memo
This week, Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd - a political appointee - sent off a letter to the conspiracy-addicted Rep. Specifically, the memo purportedly relates to DOJ surveillance activities in the Russian Federation investigation.

Grassley To Release Transcript Of Interview With Donald Trump Jr
Schumer singled out a classified memo that the House Intelligence Committee has produced and may move to make public. The memo "may be innocuous, but it also may not be innocuous, and they need to work through that", Cornyn said.

Entire USA Gymnastics board asked to resign or face decertification
The statement continued , "Our commitment is uncompromising, and we hope everything we do makes this very clear". Over the last few weeks, while Larry Nassar awaited sentencing , pressure has mounted against Lou Anna K.

Falcon Heavy to take first flight Feb
SpaceX's Falcon Heavy stands tall at Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida during ground testing. SpaceX points out that it could put a Boeing 737 jetliner in orbit, fully loaded with passengers, luggage and fuel.

Oceanic plastic trash conveys disease to coral reefs
Coral reefs are under assault by a growing threat: tons of floating plastic dumped into oceans by humans. A 2017 study found that 83% of tap water samples taken around the world contained plastic pollutants.

Trump able to apologise for far-right video retweets
He said he had made the retweets because he was concerned about the threat posed by radical Islamic extremists. And so you're asking me a question that I'm supposed to be talking about people that I know nothing about".