Monday, April 15, 2019

Russia Is Hacking The Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) On A Massive Scale

The Kerch bridge connects Russia and Europe. Dozens of ships navigating around it have been sent false location data by the Russians. Google Maps / VMorozoff - Wikimapia, CC

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

* The Russians are hacking the global navigation satellite system (GNSS) on a mass scale in order to confuse thousands of ships and airplanes about where they are, according to a study by Centre for Advanced Defense (C4AD).
* Law enforcement, shipping, airlines, power stations, your phone, and anything else dependent on GPS time and location synchronization, are vulnerable to GNSS hacking.
* All of Britain's critical infrastructure is dependent on GNSS and GPS, according to a report commissioned by the UK Space Agency.
* 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.
* GNSS jamming equipment costs $300.

On May 15, 2018, under a sunny sky, Russian President Vladimir Putin drove a bright orange truck in a convoy of construction vehicles for the opening of the Kerch Bridge from Russia to Crimea. At 11 miles long, it is now the longest bridge in either Europe or Russia.

As Putin drove across the bridge, something weird happened. The satellite navigation systems in the control rooms of more than 24 ships anchored nearby suddenly started displaying false information about their location. Their GPS systems told their captains they were anchored more than 65 kilometres away — on land, at the Anapa Airport.

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WNU Editor: This type of hacking is what I call playing with fire.

Hat tip to Robert for the above post.


Anonymous said...

Putin will see his favor-ability rating fall dramatically before his "retirement" if he keeps it up like this. Everyone has limits, even the West

Anonymous said...

Ivan should not do this. If the past is any indication of the present, Ivan does not trust PO's.

That could be a problem for Ivan.

Mike Feldhake said...

What can they be thinking!? I guess Putin can't get any respect so he supports screwing with everyone else stuff - LOL.

Bob Huntley said...

A dependable navigation system is vital to the execution of a war and as we are seeing the current one can be hacked and we know that satellites can be destroyed. I believe that the secret space mission the US has been conducting is designed to, among other things, provide an alternative communication and navigation system in that event.

Anonymous said...


We got that last month without you sick crap. So why do we need you?

Some of us can use shoot the starts and use charts. There are also gyros, dead reckoning and other methods.

Besides an EMP bomb does not need much in the way of guidance.

Kind of hard to use GPS if your device was scrambled using a sledghammer (i.e EMP).

Have a nice day.