Publicado: Mar, Enero 30, 2018
Ciencia | Por Aurelio Ontiveros

Fitness tracking map accidentally leaks U.S. government secrets

Fitness tracking map accidentally leaks U.S. government secrets

Possibly, the number of steps, calories burned, heart rate, BMI, and maybe the location of some secret U.S. army bases. The assumption is that there are soldiers in those areas who own fitness bands and are using Strava's app.

Global Positioning System tracking company Strava released a map which shows the location of potentially sensitive military sites - because app users having their movements tracked by a satellite.

Rodney Joffe, former Federal Bureau of Investigation security adviser and Neustar chairman added that it might place targets on employees' heads. It was then noted by military analysts that certain routes tracked on the map revealed sensitive information and location details of military personnel using the app.

Strava apps contain an option for users to turn off the data transmission service, making it the user's responsibility to ensure their security isn't breached.

In a statement to the Post, US Central Command in Kuwait acknowledged that "the rapid development of new and innovative information technologies enhances the quality of our lives, but also poses potential challenges to operational security and force protection".

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An Australian student tweeted that the route maps made United States military bases across the world easily identifiable. It's not just foreign military bases that have been exposed. "This particular track looks like it logs a regular jogging route".

Ruser said: "If you ask me, I don't expect the map will be online for that much longer".

The Post added that other journalists on Twitter were also weighing in on what they identified to be USA military bases. The activities marked private aren't included on the map. However, a global "heatmap" of fitness data published by Strava has fueled worries that service members are sharing data about their movements, particularly in risky locations such as Afghanistan and Syria.

In response to the reports, Strava said that the map excludes locations and activities users designate as private and that it's "committed to helping people better understand" its privacy rules, CNN reports.

Security and privacy researcher Lukasz Olejnik pointed out that anonymising location and fitness data is challenging and should always be considered on many different levels before publishing even aggregated data.

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