GPS Spoofing Not Far Off

Today’s disturbing technical news goes to…

“So far no credible high profile attack has been recorded but we are seeing evidence of basic spoofing, likely carried out by rogue individuals or small groups,” Humphreys explains. “Whilst the leap to more advanced, untraceable spoofing is large, so are the rewards. It’s therefore guaranteed that criminals are looking at this. All it takes is one person to put one together and publish it online and we have a major problem.”

Iran claims to have already done this to bring down a drone intact. There’s no public confirmation or evidence to prove if this is actually what happened or not.

The reality is messing up people’s phone or car navigation is relatively benign mayhem at best. Disrupting military systems, aircraft, financial systems is a much larger concern.

2 replies on “GPS Spoofing Not Far Off”

I’m assuming by “aircraft,” you’re referring to GA aircraft, since commercial aircraft don’t use GPS.

But yes, it’s worth noting: the FAA is working as fast as it can to disable or otherwise-let-fall-apart its existing infrastructure in favor of NextGen, which is largely GPS-based. This is precisely the reason critics denounce that move.

You can jam VORs, but I’ve never heard of anyone spoofing them.

Unfortunately, having a secondary means available to validate one’s position in the sky is apparently “unfashionable.”

I was referring to GA and NextGen.

VORs have pretty high power, so I don’t think it would really be practical to fake. You need some serious equipment.

I’m not sure why redundancy in navigational methods isn’t a requirement. It’s not that adding GPS to validate VOR’s (and vice versa) would have been expensive.

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