Many fitness trackers and fitness apps allow you to track your results and find the most optimal routes for Jogging and walking in your city. But sometimes these programs can pose a threat to national security. That’s exactly what happened with the app Strava users who accidentally gave the coordinates for the military bases of the United States and other countries for everyone.
The fact that Strava gives shared access to the global world map on which are marked trails for training. And the more popular the route, the brighter it appears on the Strava map. Major cities, which is logical, is completely covered by network of such routes. But what surprise users when they found a bright place in the desert regions of Syria and Afghanistan. The first such reacted a military analyst Nathan Raser in his Twitter.
“Work fascinates Strava, but from the point of view of security servicemen there is nothing amazing: online tool allows you to clearly see the location and layout of military facilities, routes inside and outside bases”.
But that’s not all. The network user ID to see the specific person who took this route and know about all his movements that speaks of the anonymity of the app. In a short period of time managed to find on the map Strava objects that do not exist on publicly available satellite maps like Google Maps or Apple maps. Now the military analyze the consequences of publishing the map online, and the developers of the App claim that you should not worry, because the application contains security settings that allow you to specify on the map the private area.