Feeds

Google erases British bases in Iraq

Terrorists planned attacks using Google Earth, Army says

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

The proof comes from a handy comparison tool which offers "before and after" views by comparing current and older Google satellite imagery of the same area. Here's the Shatt al Arab camp seen in all its previously exposed glory on the left, and in the pre-war state now showing on Google Earth on the right (click on pic for a bigger view):

The Shatt al Arab camp

And here's a detail of Saddam's former riverside Basra Palace complex:

Detail of the Basra Palace complex

While it's evident the Army had a legitimate cause for complaint, the fact that the offending hi-res images are still available online, coupled with the Telegraph's revelation that print outs of the bases "are being sold to rogue militias in the market place in Basra", suggest Google's actions may have come too late.

Which will do little to calm tempers among some Army units. Soldiers from the Royal Green Jackets based at the Basra Palace base told the Telegraph "they had considered suing Google Earth if they were injured by mortar rounds that had been directed on the camp by the aerial footage".

One soldier pointed out: "Even if they did blank out the areas where we are based it is a bit after the horse has bolted as the terrorists now have the maps and know exactly where we eat, sleep, and go to the toilet." ®

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?
Tabloid splashes, MP resigns - but there's a BIG copyright issue here
Spies, avert eyes! Tim Berners-Lee demands a UK digital bill of rights
Lobbies tetchy MPs 'to end indiscriminate online surveillance'
How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?
Can you hear the difference? Can anyone?
Google hits back at 'Dear Rupert' over search dominance claims
Choc Factory sniffs: 'We're not pirate-lovers - also, you publish The Sun'
Inequality increasing? BOLLOCKS! You heard me: 'Screw the 1%'
There's morality and then there's economics ...
While you queued for an iPhone 6, Apple's Cook sold shares worth $35m
Right before the stock took a 3.8% dive amid bent and broken mobe drama
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.