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Incredibly interesting article about GPS spoofing and the theoretical “hijacking” of a truck via Schneier on Security.

Jon Warner of Argonne National Laboratories set out to examine GPS security one Saturday afternoon. Jon is part of the Vulnerability Assessment Team (VAT), a small group whose goal is to uncover flaws in our systems so that they can be fixed. “We try to think like the bad guys,” Jon said, “so that we can plug the holes they might use.”

To test out GPS security, Roger Johnston, head of the VAT, challenged the team to demonstrate how to steal a cargo truck and get away with it. Cargo trucks generally contain a GPS tracking device which relays position and speed information to a central office. This enables freight companies to track their drivers’ locations and ensure that trucks are on course. If a truck veers off course, it sets off an alarm at headquarters. If an attacker could falsify or “spoof” GPS information, he or she could hijack the truck and steal the cargo without being noticed.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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  1. Nuclear Engineering Division says:

    For more information about the Vulnerability Assessment Team (VAT) at Argonne National Laboratory visit the VAT website at http://www.ne.anl.gov/capabilities/vat/

  2. Julian Thomas says:

    You can now use a GPS RF recorder & Replayer to do these kinds of tests/spoofing. The GPS Simulator http://www.labsat.co.uk costs ~$8000 and will playback the raw GPS RF data wirelessly into almost any kind of GPS.