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US Army to soldiers: 'Check-ins' can kill
MSNBC ^ | 3/15/2012 | Athima Chansanchai

Posted on 03/15/2012 12:52:01 AM PDT by U-238

While the U.S. Army knows its soldiers live in the modern world and carry location-aware, socially networked smartphones, it is reiterating the dangers of broadcasting too much information, because oversharing could cost lives.

"Someone with the right software and the wrong motivation could download the photo and extract the coordinates from the metadata."

As civilians, we're constantly giving out warnings about the dangers of revealing real-time locations via Facebook and Foursquare check-ins, or via tweets. We also tell you how to disable location tracking in your smartphones. Not only does it make individuals vulnerable to stalking, but also to robbery and other theft, if someone knows when you're not home. But that still doesn't deter many people, who still feel the need to tell us which restaurant they're at, whose house they're visiting and any other venue that they may feel to be of interest.

But soldiers who upload photos to Facebook "could broadcast the exact location of their unit," wrote Rodewig, citing Steve Warren, an administrative officer in the intelligence office of the Army's Maneuver Center of Excellence (MCoE). Warren gave Rodewig a chilling example of the consequences of geo-tagging from 2007:

"When a new fleet of helicopters arrived with an aviation unit at a base in Iraq, some soldiers took pictures on the flightline, he said. From the photos that were uploaded to the Internet, the enemy was able to determine the exact location of the helicopters inside the compound and conduct a mortar attack, destroying four of the AH-64 Apaches."

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Technical
KEYWORDS: socialnetworking; technology; usarmy; usmilitary

1 posted on 03/15/2012 12:52:10 AM PDT by U-238
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To: U-238

Do older phones have location tracking?

I still use one of these ancient things, for calls only:

http://www.cnet.com.au/nokia-6060-240055284.htm

Those new units are more than I need/want, too much tech for me.


2 posted on 03/15/2012 1:40:40 AM PDT by carriage_hill (I'll "vote for an orange juice can", over Barry Obummer and another 4yrs of Hell, anyday!)
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To: U-238
"When a new fleet of helicopters arrived with an aviation unit at a base in Iraq, some soldiers took pictures on the flightline, he said. From the photos that were uploaded to the Internet, the enemy was able to determine the exact location of the helicopters inside the compound and conduct a mortar attack, destroying four of the AH-64 Apaches."

Loose lips sink ships.

3 posted on 03/15/2012 1:56:47 AM PDT by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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To: spetznaz
So where is this 3rd world country getting such sophisticated equipment and who is training them/
4 posted on 03/15/2012 2:45:24 AM PDT by shadeaud ( “Pray for Obama. Psalm 109:8”. Just doing my duty a Christian)
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To: shadeaud

Answer #1.Iran. Answer #2 Russia.


5 posted on 03/15/2012 2:55:19 AM PDT by Safetgiver (I'd rather die under a free American sky than live under a Socialist regime.)
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To: shadeaud

I guess all they would need is Facebook and some mortars.

The ability to use photographs to recognize e.g. the corner of a base and work out which way is east is old school intelligence.


6 posted on 03/15/2012 5:19:35 AM PDT by agere_contra ("Debt is the foundation of destruction" : Sarah Palin.)
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