Didn't expect this thread to get picked up like it did. Some clarifications:
1. Ghost Somalian airbase is a known UNMAS base: reliefweb.int/report/somalia…
2. The drone base isn't much of a secret. Strava, however, highlights Western military bases in the Middle East.
However, it is actually Zwift. Point is, it proves that the data is subject to manipulation. I simply shown what Strava said. Their methods of preventing the introduction of fake GPS data are obviously not effective.
Zwift pre-dated the introduction of the “Virtual Ride” activity type, any new Zwift (and several other virtual riding apps) rides/runs default to Virtual Ride/Run. With BKool/Kinomap it would be almost impossible to know if ride was real or virtual.
Doesn't matter if the data is "anonymous," the metadata gives away 1. Base locations, 2. Perimeters and patrol routes, 3. Common convoy routes. And it's free online for anyone to look at.
Some of the stuff I'm Syria and Iraq is far more sensitive, i.e. FOBs in civilian compounds