A popular jogging app is leaking military secrets

Icon of Strava app. Courtesy Strava

Icon of Strava app. Courtesy Strava

While places in North America and Europe, for example, show tons of exercise-tracking activity that is hard to analyze with the naked eye, that doesn't hold true for places where few people might be expected to be wearing costly fitness trackers-just soldiers and aid workers.

The heat map shows more than three trillion individual Global Positioning System data points and one billion activities ever uploaded to Strava.

Asked whether the app could reveal the missile command center, Chen said that numerous individuals identified are not in the military and therefore not party to any information leak.

In a statement to the Post, US Central Command in Kuwait acknowledged that "the rapid development of new and innovative information technologies enhances the quality of our lives, but also poses potential challenges to operational security and force protection". One option for the future is Strava giving users the choice to opt-out of the Heat Maps platform, but Strava doesn't yet appear to be making any moves to shore up the security oversight.

Unfortunately, some users didn't think about making their data private.

Military personnel in a base, for example, could use the roads within a base for running and cycling.

The latest version of the map was released in November 2017, but the implications for service personnel were only raised over the weekend.

But a 20-year-old Australian student has called into question some of the data shared from countries including Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Yemen.

The U.S. -led coalition against the Islamic State said on Monday it is revising its guidelines on the use of all wireless and technological devices on military facilities as a result of the revelations.

The location of military bases is generally known by other factors, including local knowledge of an area and pre-existing satellite imaging tools such as Google Earth. The map is not live, and displays a pattern of accumulated activity between 2015 and September 2017.

Some soldiers had also used Strava to log patrols, giving away details of routes taken by military personnel.

Motivation and tracking through the use of wearable fitness devices is a growing trend with millions of users across the world using gadgets like Jawbone, Apple Watch, Nike and Fitbit.

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