Mercoledì, 19 Settembre 2018
ROME

Luxury yacht 'hijacked' by researchers off Italian coast

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Rome, July 30 - Researchers at the University of
Texas were able to hijack an $80-million yacht off the coast of
Italy by using the world's first openly acknowledged GPS
spoofing device, according to the school.
Using false GPS signals to gain control of a the White Rose
of Drachs's navigation devices, researchers last month coerced
the 213-foot yacht off its course in an experiment to measure
the difficulty of carrying out a so-called spoofing attack at
sea.
"With 90 percent of the world's freight moving across the
seas and a great deal of the world's human transportation going
across the skies, we have to gain a better understanding of the
broader implications of GPS spoofing," said Professor Todd
Humphreys of the Department of Aerospace Engineering who led the
team.
"I didn't know, until we performed this experiment, just
how possible it is to spoof a marine vessel and how difficult it
is to detect this attack."
In international waters 30 miles off the coast of Puglia,
graduate students on the ship's upper deck transmitted faint GPS
signals from their briefcase-size device towards the ship's
antennas, eventually obtaining control of the navigation system
and throwing the ship hundreds of meters off course.

(photo: archive picture of yacht)

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