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Russia Regularly Spoofs Regional GPS
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EdwardThirlwall
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EdwardThirlwall,
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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
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REISEN1955,
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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
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timwessels,
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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
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REISEN1955,
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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
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timwessels,
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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
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REISEN1955,
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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
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BrianN060,
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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.  


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