New GPS ‘Circle Spoofing’ Moves Ship Locations Thousands of Miles

New research by Bjorn Bergman of the environmental non-profit SkyTruth has found ships in various parts of the world reporting locations thousands of miles away and circling at precisely 20 knots. Bergman’s findings were first reported at the annual meeting of the Resilient Navigation and Timing Foundation on May 5.

Bergman previously observed and reported on circling phenomena with GPS-based reporting systems from vessels and fitness trackers in China ports. It has also been observed in Tehran, Iran. In all those cases, though, it was clear that the real location was fairly nearby the false and circling locations. In the most recent observations, the actual locations of the ships were thousands of miles away. In most cases, literally halfway across the globe.

Read more in GPS World article.

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