Pentagon Reviews Security After App Show Military Locations

The Pentagon said, “We take matters like these very seriously and are reviewing the situation to determine if any additional training or guidance is required, and if any additional policy must be developed to ensure the continued safety of DOD personnel at home and abroad.”

US Central Command – A fitness tracking app that maps people’s activities could pose security risks for the security forces worldwide, is in the process of refining its privacy policies after it’s reported.

Strava, “the social network for athletes”, has published a new global heatmap last November and allows its users to share their running routes. Yet recently experts have realized their potential for revealing position patterns of security forces in remote locations at military bases.

On Saturday on Twitter, Nathan Ruser, a 20-year-old student and analyst at the Institute for United Conflict Analysts in Australia, noted that the map made US bases ‘clearly mappable’.

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Ruser said, “If soldiers use the app like normal people do, by turning it on tracking when they go to do exercise, it could be especially dangerous. This particular track looks like it logs a regular jogging route. I shouldn’t be able to establish any Pattern of life info from this far away,”.

The Pentagon spokeswoman Maj. Audricia Harris said, “DoD takes matters like these very seriously and is reviewing the situation to determine if any additional training or guidance is required, and if any additional policy must be developed to ensure the continued safety of DoD personnel at home and abroad.”

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