Even soldiers and secret agents aren’t safe from data collecting companies.


Qul Mind

The mobile fitness app Polar has been used by security researchers to determine the location of its users. Those users were soldiers and secret agents in military bases. Their location while safe from most wasn’t that safe from their smartphone.

People working in those military bases that happen to also use the Polar app which collected data one their activity, including location, steps, distance, etc. Security researchers in the Netherlands found ways to access that data due to flaws in the app. This data had some common clues that gave away people’s work and home, but for some people work was in unusual places. This included employees of the FBI and NSA along with other military bases on many countries. The data could let individuals find buildings where secret agents stay during their work, location of classified objects etc.

Similar flaws have been found in other apps that monitor health…

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