Is GPS Too Vulnerable?
The United States Air Force basically controls the Global Positioning System (GPS) from the Master Control Station in Colorado. The technology is available to everyone, and the input of private organizations advances the field faster. But is GPS too vulnerable?
Just last July, there was an apparent mass signal spoofing that affected 20 vessels in the Black Sea. It’s one thing to disrupt urban GPS signals, but to mislead marine craft is another. It’s dangerous business spoofing signals; it’s even more worrying to think that the system is wide open to attacks.
Although no makeshift tool or hacker is probably good enough to take down satellites or mess with the Master Control Station, spoofing represents a big danger.
How Big Can the Problem Be?
The Black Sea attack is already large-scale. Just think how much GPS encompasses in what we use every day. Spoofing a big city, like New York, essentially means breakdown of navigation and tracking system. It would affect logistics, primarily, as in trucks going different ways and cars getting lost. Anyone who relies on GPS to travel will be blind in such an event, a terrifying scenario considering how much we count on GPS.
The problem also occurs in small technologies, such as cameras, clocks, and trackers. It’s a small area of the navigation system, but still includes business owners, parents, and everyone who uses GPS.
Now create a hypothetical network using these variables. You will see just how bad it can be if spoofing becomes a daily event. It would cause navigational errors on all levels of life.
Creating a Solution
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