In the United States, the NSA (National Security Agency) has made it very clear to its employees that sharing the location of the smartphone is a major national risk. According to the Wall Street Journal, the NSA has provided guides to warn employees about location sharing.
The message to be conveyed is that this type of behavior is a national security risk, for those who have a military career or in government agencies. Enemies or cyber criminals can use location information to find out where supplies, resources and weapons are.
In addition, the information can be used to plan attacks or simply to collect information. The NSA then recommends that its employees turn off location entirely on their devices, as well as deny permissions on applications.
Since the NSA is infamous in the United States for espionage charges against American citizens themselves, these statements are somewhat ironic. However, given the current spectrum of technological conflicts with China, the NSA is expected to issue these warnings.
Military bases were compromised by a sports app
In early 2018, security researchers found a serious flaw in the Strava app, which allows you to monitor rides or bike races via GPS. Strava’s database was found to be public, revealing military bases, food routes and even secret CIA buildings.
The US government recently banned its employees from installing TikTok on their smartphones. This warning by the NSA may also have been motivated by these events.
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