RUSSIA is said to be manipulating GPS systems and sending thousands of ships off course with bogus navigation data.
Officials in the country have apparently been hacking the global navigation satellite system (GNSS) in order to confuse ships and planes so Putin’s location can be protected.
Reuters Russia is thought to have been hacking GPS systems to protect Putin
These claims are according to a study by the security think tank Centre for Advanced Defense (C4AD).
One hacking incident is reported to have occurred on 15 May 2018, when more than 24 ships anchored near a new Russian bridge had false data appear on their GPSs.
C4AD believes that Russian officials wanted to confuse GPS systems on this day in order to make it difficult for anyone to track or navigate President Vladimir Putin who was driving a truck in a convoy at the time as part of an opening ceremony for the new bridge.
Since then, Russia is thought to have hacked into the GNSS on a mass scale.
Getty – Contributor A hack in the UK could cost £1billion a day
GNSS is made up of a constellation of international satellites that orbit the Earth.
The US, China, Russia and countries in Europe all have satellites which belong to this system.
These satellites control almost anything that is dependent on GPS like your phone, planes, the emergency services and power stations.
The C4AD report stated that an attack on Britain’s GNSS would cost the country around cost about £1billion for each day it wasn’t working properly.
The report also says that 1,311 civilian ships have been affected by the hacking so far and 9,883 incidents have been reported or detected.
C4AD believes that the Russians have been hacking GPS systems to disguise the location of Putin for years.
GNSS spoofing equipment is reportedly available to almost anyone, for just a few hundred pounds and has been used previously by players of the game Pokemon Go in order for them to cheat.
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