Fitness Tracking App Accidentally Reveals Secret US Military Bases, CIA "Black" Sites

An interactive online fitness tracking map published in November of 2017 which compiles a running history of the location and routes of 27 million fitness-device users has unwittingly revealed the location, staffing, patrol routes and layout of U.S. and foreign military bases around the world.  

San Francisco based fitness company Strava posted their "global heatmap" to their website, containing two years worth of fitness data across several fitness devices such as Jawbone and Fitbit. The map is not live, rather, it is a composite of overlapping routes. 

In most urban areas such as major cities such as New York, Strava's map appears as solid neon lights following just about every road on which one might exercise. 

New York, NY

Remote locations, however, such as deserts in places like Syria and Iraq are almost entirely dark - aside from clandestine locations where military personnel using fitness trackers are stationed.  Personnel in some of the US government's most sensitive facilities have been unwittingly been broadcasting sensitive information up to and including underground tunnels. 

At a site in northern Syria near a dam, where analysts have suspected the U.S. military is building a base, the map shows a small blob of activity accompanied by an intense line along the nearby dam, suggesting that the personnel at the site jog regularly along the dam, Schneider said.

This is a clear security threat,” he said. “You can see a pattern of life. You can see where a person who lives on a compound runs down a street to exercise. In one of the U.S. bases at Tanf, you can see people running round in circles.” -WaPo

Air Force Col. John Thomas, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command, said Sunday that the U.S. military is looking into the issue.

FBI Academy:

FBI Academy, Stafford, VA

NSA Headquarters:

NSA Headquarters, Fort Meade, MD

(more on that one here)

The man who discovered the phenomenon is Nathan Ruser, who is studying international security and the Middle East. 

“I wondered, does it show U.S. soldiers?” Ruser said, before zooming in on Syria. “It sort of lit up like a Christmas tree.”

Since Nathan's discovery, dozens of other internet sleuths have taken to Twitter to post their findings. Be sure to click the tweets and check out the replies to see even more; 

More Strava maps:

Location unknown

Burning man






Unidentified island:


Strava issued a statement effectively telling users to mark their activities private if they don't want to broadcast locations: 

“Our global heatmap represents an aggregated and anonymized view of over a billion activities uploaded to our platform,” the statement said. “It excludes activities that have been marked as private and user-defined privacy zones. We are committed to helping people better understand our settings to give them control over what they share.”

Talk about first world problems...


JohninMK you_do Mon, 01/29/2018 - 09:24 Permalink

This is really only of use to low and medium level operators and it may indeed cause problems locally if the enemy, mainly say terrorists, have Internet access. I have no doubt that the Houtis in Yemen will love it for targetting Saudi assets. As will other countries not in the Intel inner circle.

But as far as the top level countries are concerned, the likes of US Intel and GCHQ have had this for years.

Given that latter situation and knowledge the military PTB clearly do not regard it as a problem sufficiently bad to put mobile phones in Faraday cages or take their batteries out (they are on even if you think they are off) which you, strangely can't do now with most phones.

Seemingly much more important to said military is security of traffic, by encryption, than the actual location of the asset.

This does seem to be a bit of a storm in an operational teacup but it is giving armchair Generals and Intel operatives a fantastic time in hunting down sites that they have not seen before. But those who actually matter have.

Lets face it, this didn't come out of the blue. NSA or someone cleared it before release.

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hedgeless_horseman BennyBoy Mon, 01/29/2018 - 10:12 Permalink


Happy to not see any activity on or near our farm.

Not that it means much, other than that we use our God given fitness trackers...the feeling of lactic acid and the size of our waistlines.…

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and a pair of DIY Luna Sandals $60

For the person that could drop a few pounds and enjoy life more.

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Dilluminati HenryKissinger… Mon, 01/29/2018 - 11:32 Permalink

It's funny and all BS aside I'm looking at new properties, and the balance between high-speed internet, cost, and crime is making the search difficult to pin down.  I looked at some spots in WV and the amount of trash and crime was ridiculous though the price was right.  (assuming 2nd home again).  And then I looked at some very high price stuff and I'd be better off where I'm at.  So I'm now making a list of viable spots: price, location, internet, taxes, and crime.

Funny how you could look at the side of the highways and gauge by the amount of trash the crime rate.  It is difficult finding a spot that meets my criteria.  But yeah I'd like to get further away from the urban stupid.  Fat people really don't screw up your TV reception but I always let the dog out the back door anyway so they both get some exercise.

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Dilluminati nmewn Mon, 01/29/2018 - 10:31 Permalink

I don't know about that.. but those maps they look like slug slime trails left by fat people..  fucking turn those things off..

Don't they interfere with aircraft takeoff and landing?

Some fat fuck with a watch jogs by and my TV reception fucks up, I have to let the dog out to hurry em up so I can get back to the game..

O d' horror

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nmewn Lumberjack Mon, 01/29/2018 - 12:31 Permalink

Well with a GPS tracker on one ankle and having already proven she can barely walk on the other, with one arm holding the leash on a leering Bill and the other always occupied Forwarding government emails to Carlos Danger's laptop, she's run out of appendages.

Maybe she can strap one around her neck  ;-) 

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putaipan stizazz Tue, 02/06/2018 - 16:27 Permalink

speaking of no idea....

coiners/no coiners - neither of you have a clue what is really up.

i can't believe the rabbit hole i have jumped into in the last two days...



put on your tin foil body suit if you are ready.


remember the fitbit military base finding geek from last week?

(if you don't, you are'nt sentient. it was everywhere. npr to fox, infowars to msnbc. it was covered everywhere)

didn't mention the bedroom geek by name tho'....

and down the rabbit hole you go.


it's not the only thing he found.

try- project paperclip to cern artificial intellingence by way of vegas slot machine crypto mining through kushner funded palentier software ending up in the mouth of sophia, the first cyber citizen of saudi arabia...

that's right folks - crypto's are A.I. food !

tyler's? can you hear me tylers?


in case you think this is a wee bit much , may i qoute the chairmans' opening remarks, opening paragraph, opening impact of said blockchain technologies-





Thank you, Chairman Crapo, At the outset, I would like to note that this hearing is timely, even fortuitous. Emerging financial technologies broadly are taking us into a new chapter of economic history. They are impacting trading, markets and the entire financial landscape with far ranging implications for capital formation and risk transfer. They include machine learning and artificial intelligence. 


TYLERRRRRR !!!!!!!!!

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jcaz JohninMK Mon, 01/29/2018 - 09:36 Permalink

The "whys" don't really matter.

I seriously doubt that this issue had even been contemplated by the CIA/NSA/FBI prior to this discovery;

Wanna bet that they start taking out their batteries starting today?

The level of sloth among Govt agencies continues to be stunning-  too many brain-dead fucks collecting an easy check, with no serious consequences if they fail at their work.

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