Adventure Journal: American GIs Revealing Sensitive Military Locations on Strava

Strava is a social media site that aims to connect and motivate athletes around the globe: “Strava works with your mobile home or favorite GPS device to track your activities and share your efforts with friends.” An Australian student studying Middle East security, Nathan Ruser, studied Strava’s map and soon “discovered pockets of activity in Iraq and Syria. Unlike in the U.S., where the terrain is ablaze with evidence of people exercising, these war-torn countries are mostly dark – except around military facilities, where U.S. personnel are most likely running.” Nations with conflict or poverty are largely dark on the map except for foreign visitors, and so the map xposes locations of military sites for the United States and other countries as well as nuclear sites, refugee camps and other locations with active people. Strava reminded users that they can opt out of the global map. Security analysts point out that such internet location tools offer valuable intelligence data, and the US military is studying the ramifications of public internet logs that track ordinary GPS devices like Fitbits. – YaleGlobal

Adventure Journal: American GIs Revealing Sensitive Military Locations on Strava

An Australian student points out that Strava social media map that tracks activities also pinpoints locations of key military and other sensitive locations
Steve Casimiro
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

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