[Oops] Strava fitness app revealed locations of secret army bases

01-29 10:22

Strava is a popular fitness app for Android and iOS, and one of its main features is the ability to see other users' tracks and runs on a map (or share your own). In November of last year, Strava released a global heatmap , with the tracks of every run and bike ride visible as bands of light. There's only one problem - it revealed the location of several secret military facilities.

The issue comes from military service members (including ones from the United States) leaving Strava's tracking feature on while performing athletic activities. For example, if someone decided to jog alongside the edges of a military base, that means an outline of the facility is visible on the heatmap. One analyst found a few examples of this:

Somebody forgot to turn off their Fitbit. Markers trace known military outposts, supply and patrol routes. pic.twitter.com/7YTzoqKgDl

— Tobias Schneider (@tobiaschneider) January 27, 2018

In Syria, known Coalition (i.e. US) bases light up the night. Some light markers over known Russian positions, no notable colouring for Iranian bases.

— Tobias Schneider (@tobiaschneider) January 27, 2018

Showing outlines on known military bases obviously doesn't hurt anyone, but as Schneider mentions in the above tweet, the map also makes several publicly-unknown bases visible. Outside of combat zones, here's a single bicycle track around the edge of Homey Airport, Nevada - commonly known as Area 51Mount Pleasant , a Royal Air Force station located on the Falkland Islands, is brightly lit .

The moral of this story is that if you are stationed at a secret military base, you should probably disable GPS tracking on your phone.

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