FitBit devices revealing sensitive military information Video

FitBit devices revealing sensitive military information Video

The map of Australia, on the other hand, is covered in light due to the high rate of people who use the Strava apps and other related devices like Fitbit.

In warzones and deserts such as Iraq and Syria, the heatmap becomes nearly entirely dark - except for a few scattered pinpricks of activity.

Strava, a popular app for runners and cyclers alike, is available for many fitness devices, including Fitbit, Android Wear, and Samsung's Galaxy Gear.

But he noted that the map also lights up activity around known or suspected USA military sites, offering a trove of details about activity inside the bases, the possible exercise habits of soldiers - information that could be very risky for a hostile enemy to obtain.

Strava released a brief statement highlighting that the data used had been anonymised, and "excludes activities that have been marked as private and user-defined privacy zones". How the information is coming out is through Strava's global heat map which shows the past whereabouts of users.

According to Air Force Col. John Thomas, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command, he said that the United States military will be looking into the implications of the map. In 2013, the Pentagon distributed 2,500 Fitbits as part of a pilot programme to combat obesity.

It also shows the turns patrols take when moving through towns in Syria: "You can see the main supply highway for U.S. forces in Syria, and I just remember thinking 'f***, that's not good", Mr Ruser said.

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The Post added that other journalists on Twitter were also weighing in on what they identified to be USA military bases. Most of the bases that can be seen are already publicly known.

A 20-year-old Australian National University security studies student Nathan Ruser was the first to uncover the potential breach for military bases. But in doing so, it also shows locations where soldiers wearing those devices are training, including sites in Somalia, Niger, Syria and Afghanistan.

At least that's what global security analyst and expert Tobias Schneider thinks.

Lines of activity extending out of bases and back may indicate patrol routes. Strava has been tracking down activities since 2015, and has over three trillion GPS points uploaded to its system, the company says. By using Strava in these secret military bases, the app just gave away their locations. Audricia Harris. "Furthermore, operational security requirements provide further guidance for military personnel supporting operations around the world".

'Patrol routes, isolated patrol bases, lots of stuff that could be turned into actionable intelligence, ' former British Army officer Nick Waters tweeted.

Information for this article was contributed by Dan Lamothe of The Washington Post.

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