Report: Hackers Could Easily Screw With Navigation Systems on Many Civilian Ships

Ships in the Panama Canal, 2006.
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Naval systems that track the current position of ships have an array of vulnerabilities that could make it simple for hackers to break in, the BBC reported on Thursday, which could enable attackers to set off collision alarms on other vessels.

Ken Munro of Pen Test Partners (PTP), which is releasing some details of a proof-of-concept attack on a navigation system called the Electronic Chart Display for the Infosecurity Europe conference, told the BBC, “There are really basic steps that can be taken to prevent this from happening. In our experience, security on board ships is often dire.”

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