Israeli soldiers are unintentionally tracked via location data from fitness app Strava, writes Watchman† The information records the movements of secret bases in the country. Soldiers can also be followed as they travel to other places in the world.
In 2018 similar scandal About Strava, the app showed where the secret military bases are located and the routes soldiers often take. Strava then decided to inform users more clearly about their privacy settings.
In Strava, athletes can categorize certain parts of their path as sectors. They are then used by athletes to rank, showing who was the fastest in that segment.
according to Watchman Fake parts were created at secret military bases in Israel by an unknown entity. Then the military service members who ran over her were registered. This was true even for people whose Strava accounts were tightly secured.
The spying campaign was discovered by the Israeli cybersecurity firm FakeReporter. The company notified the authorities as soon as the data breach became known. Then Strava was notified, who formed a special team to solve the problem.
Strava said in a statement that it takes privacy very seriously. “We have taken the necessary steps after reporting from FakeReporter to resolve this situation.”
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