Norwegian soldiers disclose where they are in war zones

It turns out to be very easy to learn the identities of some soldiers stationed near military bases, thanks to Strava and a little GPS spoofing:

Strava has a so-called “flyby” function. This allows users to see who has been exercising in the same area at the same time. It is precisely this function that we have used to reveal the identities of personnel from a range of countries.
NRK found the training profiles of 20 persons who have been stationed in military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan. 18 of these use their full name in the app and most of them use photos of themselves. We uncovered their identities by creating GPS files of fictitious runs in the areas where a Norwegian presence has been known in the last two years. we uploaded these GPS files to Strava and used the flyby function to look for personnel who have been in the same area at the same time.


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