GPS vulnerable to hacking by organized crime, terrorists
Experts fear jamming, manipulation
- Duration 3:09
- Date Feb 23, 2012
Experts fear jamming, manipulation
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Well finding gas station and -- locate you lay out Mickey d.s on a road trip -- -- from point a to point B even if you have no idea.
Where you are but apparently your amazing GPS may be a bit -- Smart -- And everyone from mobsters to al-Qaeda now it made an -- trying to take advantage of this and that is not great -- dynamite -- Robertson joins me.
Live from Atlanta this morning -- done.
-- morning -- you Martha you know GPS is becoming great and our lives in ways that we don't even realize it.
-- ships it seized the new air traffic control system is being built on it it even -- to stop time -- financial and stock trades every day and one little Jammer here.
Fifty dollars on the Internet can cause Havoc with the system.
Big conference of world experts yesterday in the UK talked about the emerging threat from GPS jamming in so called spoofing making -- GPS -- device.
Think it's somewhere it's not in a 2010 experiment researchers used a very low level Jammer to fool with ships at sea.
They were way out in the English Channel their their communication systems went down there emergency systems went down and -- veered off course without the crew we've been knowing about it.
And then there's the stock trading system if you could manipulate the GPS timing signals even by a few milliseconds it could be worth millions of dollars.
-- -- from the University of Texas is an expert on GPS he was the keynote speaker yesterday's conference.
You're able to match the prices between the networks in a way that's different from everyone else in the world.
Everyone else in world might be twenty milliseconds off and you happen to know the actual timing and so you're able to buy low in one market and sell high in another market.
That's all it takes is just a few milliseconds manipulated the market by the way could cause it to crash.
Rogue states terrorist organizations in criminal enterprises -- all looking at ways that they can exploit this system.
Boy it is truly frightening and this cyber war is and perhaps one of the biggest security -- that we're facing right -- so how easy is it.
To get these G hammers and how widespread is their use.
You know they're they're illegal here the United States but again fifty dollars on the Internet you can get -- a landmark study in the UK founder and widespread use there.
Believe there -- widespread use here and sometimes with unintended consequences for example.
A little while ago and you GPS based landing system at Newark Airport was going down on X inexplicably.
Biden -- -- -- about 45 times a week it turned out that there was a guy was moonlighting with his company van used the GPS -- to fool the company to not knowing where that man -- and every time he drove by Newark Airport he took down the airport's landing system.
There isn't single civilian receiver on the market.
That has any kind of even rudimentary defense against UPS spoofing.
And so from my perspective our US civil infrastructure is wide open to an attack like this.
Now as much as GPS attacks could be a problem Humphries also says GPS privacy.
Is a problem a little tiny dot you can put that on a person an employee somebody -- following and they have no way of knowing that it's there and no way to get around it selling privacy issues and national security issues -- -- as a big -- story John boy thank you so much John Roberts reporting from Atlanta are.