March 21, 2012

Metadata can kill you

How’s that for a salacious, click-baiting title? But this bit from the US Army is eye-opening:

A real-world example 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.

[Via John Dowdell]

Posted by John Nack at 9:42 AM on March 21, 2012


  • Delos Johnson — 10:43 AM on March 21, 2012

    So, now you know why the term “military intelligence” is considered an oxymoron.

  • John — 11:26 AM on March 21, 2012

    Just tell ’em to use Lightroom 4 and the privacy setting in Maps! An excellent detail (it’s in Saved Locations) that means you can take advantage of metadata without disclosing it to others.

  • Gene Kimball — 1:59 PM on March 21, 2012

    Which is why, at least when I was in the service, no photos were allowed to be taken on the flight line unless taken officially. This is especially important in foreign locations. Same rules applied to ships, subs, et cetera.

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