Researchers hack into AIS, expose major security weakness

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(KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia) — A computer security team has found a way to fake ship positions by manipulating the globally-used Automatic Identification System (AIS), The Star Online reported. At the Hack In The Box 2013 conference here, the team described eight types of AIS security attacks, including registering fake ships on geographical coordinates and faking collision alerts. In one case they showed how an attacker could masquerade as a port authority and tell ships to change their AIS radio frequencies, isolating them from the rest of the world.

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By Professional Mariner Staff