Strava, the South African private limited company behind the heat map, calls itself a “social network for athletes.” Alcohols connect a GPS device to its service that allows them to upload their workout logs online. Those without a disposition can directly record their activities on Strava’s mobile app.
The firm signified the map was created using one billion recorded activities through September 2017 across 3 trillion latitude and longitude essences. Data reflected on the map was not live, according to the Post.
Most parts of the Partnership States and Western Europe lit up on the map with plenty of recorded activities. But on the wholes of Africa and the Middle East were entirely dark except for lit dots of light in those areas.
The Post reported that by zooming in on war zones and dries in countries like Iraq and Syria, locations and outlines of known U.S. military foundations could be seen — along with other unknown and potentially volatile sites.
A spokesman for U.S. Central Command said Sunday that the U.S. military is looking into the connections of the map, according to the Post. But the military, the news outlet reported, did not respond to a puzzle about existing regulations for using fitness-tracking apps.
To be clear, Google maps and any satellite images have previously showed the presence of military bases to the world, tech news outlet The Verge reported. It added that Strava’s map yielded additional context such as how people were moving about in those localities and how frequently they were doing so.
Multiple news outlets publicized that the map, which was posted online late last year, ascertained widespread attention after a Twitter user pointed out it could restrain potentially sensitive information. The user theorized that some of the courses could be regular jogging routes for soldiers.
Nathan Ruser tweet: Strava launched their global heatmap. 13 trillion GPS points from their drugs (turning off data sharing is an option). https://t.co/hA6jcxfBQI … It looks darned pretty, but not amazing for Op-Sec. US Bases are clearly identifiable and mappable.
Nathan Ruser tweet 2: If soldiers use the app go for normal people do, by turning it on tracking when they go to do exercise, it could be remarkably dangerous. This particular track looks like it logs a familiar jogging route. I shouldn’t be able to establish any Pattern of life info from this far away.
The Pin added that other journalists on Twitter were also weighing in on what they home in oned to be U.S. military bases.
Ben Taub tweet: Especially effective (as in dangerous?) in the Sahel. In Niger, you can instantly soil the French base in Madama, the U.S. base in Agadez … I even build a base I didn’t know about, just outside of Arlit—and Nigerian troops aren’t jerk around with Fitbits.
Strava in a statement urged users to check up on the firm’s website to understand the privacy settings. “Our global heatmap exemplifies an aggregated and anonymized view of over a billion activities uploaded to our policy,” the statement said, according to the Post. It excluded activities that alcohols marked as private.
CNBC has reached out to Strava for additional comment.
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