The availability and access to AIS data around the Gulf of Aden (GoA) has prompted an angry response.
One extremely popular site marinetraffic.com has reportedly been broadcasting data from a vessel which has started relaying information on ships and movements in the GoA.
It is understood that the “MV Kellie Chouest”, a ship leased by Military Sealift Command for rescue and salvage ops is the ship which was sharing the view of a sensitive area. The information could very easily fall into the hands of pirates and criminals, and this has prompted a frenzy amongst maritime observers and bloggers.
The site GCaptain has led the charge with a survey on AIS usage, and questions being asked as to the security implications.