The Ease of Tracking Mobile Phones of U.S. Soldiers in Hot Spots

The Ease of Tracking Mobile Phones of U.S. Soldiers in Hot Spots
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Apps show troop movements buried in data available for purchase: ‘a major risk to national security’

WASHINGTON—In 2016, a U.S. defense contractor named PlanetRisk Inc. was working on a software prototype when its employees discovered they could track U.S. military operations through the data generated by the apps on the mobile phones of American soldiers.

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