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US Army warns about the risks of geotagging photos by military personnel

• Sophos : Naked Security
In 2007, a fleet of US Army helicopters flew into a base in Iraq. Soldiers took pictures on the flight and then uploaded them to the internet. Based on the automatic geotagging applied to photos by almost every smartphone on the market, the enemy determined the exact location of the helicopters inside the compound and launched a mortar attack that destroyed four AH-64 Apaches. With geotagging growing ubiquitous, soldiers are being asked to ponder this question: "Is a badge on Foursquare worth your life?" The question was posed by Brittany Brown, social media manager of the Online and Social Media Division at the Office of the Chief of Public Affairs, and included in a release put out last week to warn soldiers of the security risks of geotagging.

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