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Welcome back -- -- new info sparking concerns about our nation's security recent experiment showing.
How vulnerable GPS tracking is to hackers one professor proving that it's actually possible for a terror group to take control of the ship.
Without anybody noticing until it's too late John Roberts live in our Atlanta bureau with the latest on this and an exclusive -- -- -- about.
Break good morning to you first of all we want to point out there -- not tipping off terrorists who were not telling folks how they can do it.
We're just telling you what happened recently you know we rely on GPS every day.
To get -- safely and efficiently from place to place but what -- that GPS was manipulated.
So that what it's telling -- isn't what's actually happening.
That's -- University of Texas professor Todd Humphries and his team did aboard an eighty million dollar 210 foot super yacht.
In the Mediterranean.
They slowly took over its GPS navigation system with counterfeit signals.
Now once they had control of the ship they were able to turn it to the left it to the right take it way off course.
Spirit and a potentially treacherous waters or even put it on a collision course.
With another ship and all the while.
The ships GPS navigation said that nothing was wrong that the ship was moving along a straight line along its intended course.
Professor -- priest told be that the implications here for hackers are terrorism are huge.
For maritime traffic there are big implications here.
You've got large ships expensive ships you've got 90% of the world's cargo going across the seas.
Imagine shutting down a port imagine running a ship aground these are the kinds of implications were worried about.
Now Humphries also points out that commercial airliners -- a very similar GPS system to that of this ship.
And that those systems could easily be taken over as well -- What's being done about this John.
Well you know after we reported last year here on Fox News.
On a similar but far more primitive experiment that professor -- conductor with an unmanned drone the FAA.
The CIA in the DOD the Pentagon all took notice but the Department of Homeland Security.
Has done nothing to would dress -- could be potentially huge national security problem here -- -- Schofield is the captain.
Of the ship that Humphries and his team took over.
It's both is simultaneously fascinating and frightening.
And people need to know that this kind of thing is possible.
With a relatively small budget and they can we have in a very very.
Simple system steer the ship -- course without that that the captain knowing.
The chairman of the house homeland security committee -- representative Mike -- of Texas says he wants the Department of Homeland Security to declare the GPS system quote.
And take steps to protect it against cyber attacks -- alarming story John Roberts live in Atlanta thanks so much.
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