Ships fooled in GPS spoofing attack suggest Russian cyberweapon

In June of this year, reports surfaced of ships in the Black Sea experiencing problems with their satellite navigation. Their GPS receivers told them they were somewhere they weren’t – something known as GPS spoofing.

Dr. Humphreys has long warned of the dangers of GPS spoofing. In 2013, he and his team performed a test of spoofing on a state-of-the-art yacht. According to Humphreys, these ships experienced the same thing, only this time it was not being done by researchers, but rather by a government entity.

Speaking to New Scientist, Dr. Humphreys said that “[GPS spoofing] affects safety-of-life operations over a large area. In congested waters with poor weather, such as the English Channel, it would likely cause great confusion, and probably collisions.”

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