Spoof GPS signals, hack an $80 million yacht – or luxury sedan, or drone…

GPS-spoofing-yachtAnother great if terrifying example of the vulnerability of insecure networks to hacking.  In this case GPS was exploited – that’s right, GPS, a ubiquitous form of navigation guidance that can be found in everything from passenger vehicles to supertankers.

Building upon their prior success taking control of a military drone a year earlier, a team from the University of Texas Cockrell School of Engineering took control of an $80 million yacht by spoofing GPS signals.  With the navigation system compromised, it was possible to redirect the yacht to a heading of the team’s choosing – without the crew realizing what was wrong.  And all it took was $1,000 worth of electronics.

The ramifications for logistical and travel security are obvious.  This is a very, very dangerous threat vector.

A secure and authenticated GPS communication channel would prevent these kind of hacks.  Embedding SurePassID at the device or chip level enables transparent, automated two-factor authentication, real-time monitoring and alerts, and data capture at any integration point.  It’s just part of the way that we secure the Internet of Everything (IoE).