Fake Strava segments reveal location of secret Israeli military intelligence bases

Israeli disinformation watchdog identifies fake user uploading bogus segments to spy on personnel in top-secret installations

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A security breach on Strava has been used to spy on Israeli security personnel at secret military bases, according to FakeReporter, an Israeli disinformation watchdog.

FakeReporter, which uses volunteers and open source experts to crowdsource investigations, says its researchers estimated that a "data mining method" was used to identify at least 100 individuals using Strava while exercising in at least six top-secret installations in Israel.

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Simon Smythe

Simon Smythe is a hugely experienced cycling tech writer, who has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2003. Until recently he was our senior tech writer. In his cycling career Simon has mostly focused on time trialling with a national medal, a few open wins and his club's 30-mile record in his palmares. These days he spends most of his time testing road bikes, or on a tandem doing the school run with his younger son.