Vessel-tracking system vulnerable

Attackers could disable Automatic Identification System communications over large areas

Vessel-tracking system vulnerable to denial-of-service, other attacks, researchers say

Attackers could disable Automatic Identification System communications over large areas or send fake localization information to ships

Inexpensive equipment can be used to disrupt vessel-tracking systems and important communications between ships and port authorities, according to two security researchers.

During the Hack in the Box conference in Amsterdam Thursday, Marco Balduzzi, a senior research scientist at Trend Micro, and independent security researcher Alessandro Pasta described three new attacks against the Automatic Identification System (AIS), which is used by over 400,000 ships worldwide.

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Source: techworld.com

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