College Students Hijack Yacht Using Spoofing GPS Signal

| by Sylvan Lane
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GPS can be a saving grace or a disaster when it comes to getting to where you need to go, and some engineering students at the University of Texas may have posed an interesting threat to the former.

According to MSN:

“A team of students from the University of Texas at Austin were able to commandeer an $80 million yacht, in a planned experiment, with custom GPS-spoofing equipment. By transmitting a counterfeit signal toward the ship, the students sent the craft on a fake course correction and guided it wildly off-course. In the yacht's command room, the spoofed GPS signal was indistinguishable from authentic signals, making many shipping vessels extremely vulnerable to such a simple hack.”

Watch below for a full explanation of just how the students were able to pull off the experimented conducted just a few days ago off of the southern coast of Italy.

Sources: MSN, News Fix Now