Monday, October 28, 2013

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Global shipping communications technology hacked

Researchers have found huge security holes in one of the shipping industry's communications standards that leave them vulnerable to hacks from pirates or terrorists.

Trend Micro researchers Kyle Wilhoit and Dr. Marco Balduzzi, working with independent researcher Alessandro Pasta, hacked the Automatic Identification System (AIS), a vessel tracking system used by all commercial ships weighing over 300 metric tons.

A first set of flaws were found at the AIS Internet providers that collect AIS data and distribute them publicly. Attackers could intercept the data and manipulate it to change the apparent position, course, speed and name of the ship, amongst other details.

They could even create fake vessels, buoys, lighthouses and marine aircraft such as search and rescue helicopters.

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