Strava Global Heat Maps reveals the location of remote military bases

The Pentagon shows very little activity    
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The Pentagon shows very little activity Image Strava

The app lets users post their activities on the social network and also follow others, who are into the same fitness activities on the app.

The interactive Global Heat Map, published by Strava last November, highlights the fitness activities of its 27 million global users, including mobile app users and people with fitness devices.

This could be a huge security risk, if the publicly-available data was obtained by enemy intelligence.

When Strava, an exercise-tracking firm, a year ago published a "heat map" of its user activity around the world, it probably didn't expect the data representation to cause a national security scandal-but it has.

A 20-year-old Australian National University security studies student Nathan Ruser uncovered the potential breach for military bases.

The security implication of the Global Heat Map, which was uploaded in November 2017, was publicized by 20-year-old Australian worldwide security student and Institute for United Conflict Analysts founding member Nathan Ruser.

Taking a close look at these areas, users will see that some of them are known US military bases. Strava is being actively being used by military personnel in confidential areas allowing data about top-secret military locations to be discovered.

In a statement quoted by CNN, Strava said: "Our global heatmap represents an aggregated and anonymised view of over a billion activities uploaded to our platform".

Strava urged users in a statement to check the firm's website to understand the privacy settings.

The map shows a great deal of activity in the U.S. and Europe, but in war zones and deserts in countries such as Iraq and Syria the heat map becomes nearly entirely dark - except for scattered evidence of activity.

Despite numerous bases being common knowledge, there are also a few that are meant to be a little more covert.

Users can ask themselves, do I really want to share my jogging route with the entire Internet? According to Russer, the map can be used to figure out known military bases.

Air Force Colonel John Thomas, a spokesman for US Central Command, said the US military is looking into the implications of the map. "I shouldn't be able to establish any pattern of life info from this far away", Ruser tweeted. "Recent data releases emphasize the need for situational awareness when members of the military share personal information", said Pentagon spokeswoman Harris.

The app details American bases in Syria and Iraq, a French facility in Niger and a UK RAF military site located in the Falklands.

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