Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Comments
Russia Regularly Spoofs Regional GPS
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
EdwardThirlwall
50%
50%
EdwardThirlwall,
User Rank: Moderator
4/24/2019 | 2:33:00 AM
Spoof to protect
I think it is indeed necessary for spoofing of satellite positioning to be done especially when world leaders are concerned. Anyone could be spying on them to undertake even the most fatal of a mission like an assasination for instance. Thus, a spoof might help protect the leader.
REISEN1955
100%
0%
REISEN1955,
User Rank: Ninja
3/27/2019 | 3:49:42 PM
Re: One more thing to fix in an automated world
Spot on - and it was a $0.75 accounting error.  The story of his research and search for the hacker, who turned out in Germany, is a great read but also a security fable of epic size.  
timwessels
100%
0%
timwessels,
User Rank: Strategist
3/27/2019 | 2:05:28 PM
Re: One more thing to fix in an automated world
Yes, Clifford Stoll is an astronomer who was working as a systems administrator at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) when he noticed a small accounting error on someone's computer account. This intrusion into LBNL's systems led to a lengthy investigation of how it happened, which eventually resulted in the arrest of a German national who was a KGB agent. They were using modems back then, and the LBNL systems were likely running BSD Unix. Clifford Stoll wrote the book "The Cuckoo's Egg" in 1986 which I read many years ago. The book is the story of his investigation of the intrusion and how the intruder was tracked down. Tim Berners-Lee is credited with the "invention" of the World Wide Web. He wrote a Web client and server in 1990 when he was working at CERN in Switzerland. He also developed specifications for URLs, HTTP, and HTML.
REISEN1955
50%
50%
REISEN1955,
User Rank: Ninja
3/27/2019 | 12:29:45 PM
Re: One more thing to fix in an automated world
If I remember correctly, the Internet grew out of HTML coding applied to the Darpanet - a connection service between military systems (mainframes) in bases to guard against nuclear attack.  Now in the book THE CUCKOOs EGG, it was documented that hackers, even then, were breaking into the mainframe systems through, of all things, MITRE in Virginia.  Talk about history turning on it's head!!!!!
timwessels
100%
0%
timwessels,
User Rank: Strategist
3/27/2019 | 10:39:30 AM
One more thing to fix in an automated world
Well, GPS is now a potential target for shipping, airplanes, and probably driverless cars. The Russians appear to be using it to defend military installations from attack or field testing it for an attack against the west. The equipment and presumably the knowledge of how to do it will become easily acquired by anyone interested in using it. GPS systems will likely be hardened against this kind of spoofing, but until then add GPS spoofing to the list of threats to living in the 21st century where the "blessings" of technology are widely deployed with insufficient security by the people who make them. When the "Internet" was being invented back in the 1970s, no one thought about security because they were trying to make it work among a small network of nodes. We can see how the lack of an Internet with "baked in" security now requires people to spend billions of dollars annually to keep bad things from happening because they are connected to the Internet.
REISEN1955
100%
0%
REISEN1955,
User Rank: Ninja
3/27/2019 | 10:12:49 AM
Re: Lead us not into temptation
Reached popular thought some years ago when used as plot device for two Bond films - FOR YOUR EYES ONLY and more significantly in TOMORROW NEVER DIES which centered on a GPS - alteration device used by the villain and initiate a war.  
BrianN060
100%
0%
BrianN060,
User Rank: Ninja
3/27/2019 | 1:56:27 AM
Lead us not into temptation
Thank you Robert, for the fine article.  Had not heard several of the GPS spoofing examples you site.  As with so many things, we have been persuaded to trust automated systems to our peril.  Part of the danger is that the skill sets which could be used to verify or override suspect automated system indications or actions are no longer considered worthwhile; so are no longer taught or sought, or thought necessary.  

What really scares me is the idea that many of the examples of GPS spoofing, and other attempts to compromise automated systems, are just proof of concept experimentation - so that they can extrapolate to the effectiveness of a full scale assault.  


44% of Security Threats Start in the Cloud
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  2/19/2020
Zero-Factor Authentication: Owning Our Data
Nick Selby, Chief Security Officer at Paxos Trust Company,  2/19/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon
Current Issue
6 Emerging Cyber Threats That Enterprises Face in 2020
This Tech Digest gives an in-depth look at six emerging cyber threats that enterprises could face in 2020. Download your copy today!
Flash Poll
How Enterprises Are Developing and Maintaining Secure Applications
How Enterprises Are Developing and Maintaining Secure Applications
The concept of application security is well known, but application security testing and remediation processes remain unbalanced. Most organizations are confident in their approach to AppSec, although others seem to have no approach at all. Read this report to find out more.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2020-8818
PUBLISHED: 2020-02-25
An issue was discovered in the CardGate Payments plugin through 2.0.30 for Magento 2. Lack of origin authentication in the IPN callback processing function in Controller/Payment/Callback.php allows an attacker to remotely replace critical plugin settings (merchant ID, secret key, etc.) and therefore...
CVE-2020-8819
PUBLISHED: 2020-02-25
An issue was discovered in the CardGate Payments plugin through 3.1.15 for WooCommerce. Lack of origin authentication in the IPN callback processing function in cardgate/cardgate.php allows an attacker to remotely replace critical plugin settings (merchant ID, secret key, etc.) and therefore bypass ...
CVE-2020-9385
PUBLISHED: 2020-02-25
A NULL Pointer Dereference exists in libzint in Zint 2.7.1 because multiple + characters are mishandled in add_on in upcean.c, when called from eanx in upcean.c during EAN barcode generation.
CVE-2020-9382
PUBLISHED: 2020-02-24
An issue was discovered in the Widgets extension through 1.4.0 for MediaWiki. Improper title sanitization allowed for the execution of any wiki page as a widget (as defined by this extension) via MediaWiki's } parser function.
CVE-2020-1938
PUBLISHED: 2020-02-24
When using the Apache JServ Protocol (AJP), care must be taken when trusting incoming connections to Apache Tomcat. Tomcat treats AJP connections as having higher trust than, for example, a similar HTTP connection. If such connections are available to an attacker, they can be exploited in ways that ...