The Russians are screwing with the GPS system to send bogus navigation data to thousands of ships

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  1. Ardor80

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    Anyone sailing a ship should be a navigator or have a navigator that knows how to get from one point to another without GPS just in case. Tech is great until you can’t get by without it. And then it breaks or gets hacked or something. I’m not sure if I even remember how to read a map anymore.

  2. EffU2

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    They’re doing a lot of shit. I would bet China is as well, and the United States is too.

    No one is doing shit about it because no one really wants to open that can of worms.

  3. nspectre

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    > The Russians are screwing with ***the GPS system*** to send bogus navigation data to thousands of ships

    No, they aren’t.

    > The Russians are ***hacking*** the ***global navigation satellite system*** (GNSS) on a ***mass scale***

    No, they aren’t.

    > Law enforcement, shipping, airlines, power stations, your phone, and anything else dependent on GPS time and location synchronization, are vulnerable to GNSS ***hacking***.

    No, they aren’t. Not really. Not in this context. At least, not in any way that hasn’t already been widely known.

    > Russian president Putin’s summer dacha is protected by a GNSS ***spoofing*** array that helps create a no-fly zone over his vast Italian-style mansion.

    No surprise there. Duh.

    > The ***jamming, blocking, or spoofing*** of GNSS signals by the Russian government…

    #BINGO!

    Words have meaning. Misusing words to mislead is ***lying*** and ***propaganda***. It can also be used for ***fear-mongering***.

    Eh, [Jim Edwards?](https://www.businessinsider.com/author/jim-edwards) 😉

    (Did you actually write this, Jim? At a glance, it doesn’t seem quite like your earlier works. A little outside your bailiwick, perhaps?) ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  4. staviq

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    It’s worth mentioning that when Obama was visiting europe, US did the same thing, and they did it openly and officially. Even local news stations did say to not use gps during Obama’s visit because it may be not working properly.

  5. calvinbenik

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    I do feel like this article is exaggerating the extent of the jamming.
    You can make those devices yourself, or buy them for cheap.

    He’s using it to mask his exact location since that is probably a security threat. The way they do that is by sending wrong information out to any device in the direct area. That means this is local, and back home we shouldn’t notice anything.

    They are not hacking the whole network, they are jamming the surrounding area for security reasons. This is most definitely not a threat to any other country

  6. Insanity_-_Wolf

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    It seems that atleast 80% of people in the comment thread only read the title. This isn’t exclusive to Russia, virtually anyone can spoof GPS signals. They use it around potential high risk locations and politicians. People are reading the title and assuming that it’s some kind of insidious Russian plot when people are using the same technology to cheat in pokemon go, lmao.

  7. mantrap2

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    Quite frankly, doing this is trivial! You can do it with a few $100 of parts anywhere in the world. You don’t even need to break the encryption used in military grade GPS signals – and yet those can be spoof also.

    (I’m a former DOD rocket scientist who worked on GPS back in the day)

  8. catharticwhoosh

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    In the early 90s, during the first Gulf War (Desert Storm) I worked in the GPS program. We found a GPS spoofer in the desert made partially from a coffee can that had been used to send a false signal to aircraft and bombs. The concept of a non-satellite based signal was known and embraced and similar, more reliable devices, we’re placed on FM towers to provide higher accuracy, at least in the continental US. I have no doubt these spoofers are everywhere by now with a few being used nefariously.

    My point is that, in my opinion, this is a no brainier that this is happening, but the tech has likely evolved enough to defend against it. It sounds worse than it probably is.

  9. i_draw_boats

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    Is no one going to talk about what the very last sentence of an otherwise serious article is?

    > Since then the cost of a GNSS spoofing device has fallen to about $300, C4AD says, and some people have been using them to cheat at Pokemon Go.

    I understand the point they’re trying to make (it’s super cheap and accessible technology), but it really undermines the tone of the rest of the article by comparing what Putin/Russia does to what Pokémon Go players do.

  10. PEROKETANO

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    Bomb their jamming devices. Simple.

    What are they gonna do? Launch their ICBMs that are more likely to explode in their silos than get anywhere?

    Lol.

    Play stupid games, win a tomahawk.

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