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Students Hijack $80 Million Superyacht With GPS Spoofing

Unknown Lamer posted 1 year,2 days | from the going-back-to-star-charts dept.

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mask.of.sanity writes "A team of university students have hijacked an $80 million superyacht using GPS spoofing without tripping alarms. The experiment (run with permission) saw the White Rose sail from Monaco to the island of Rhodes in the Mediterranean. Faint GPS signals broadcast from a spoofing device slowly overpowered authentic signals allowing the students control over the yacht's navigational system."

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Look familiar? (5, Informative)

XanC (644172) | 1 year,2 days | (#44419829)

Re:Look familiar? (3, Informative)

Pseudonym Authority (1591027) | 1 year,2 days | (#44419873)

Also, http://tech.slashdot.org/story/13/07/26/2344215/gps-spoofing-with-3000-worth-of-equipment-and-a-laptop [slashdot.org] . God damn, it looks like this story just isn't going to stop showing up until every ``editor'' has had their turn.

Re:Look familiar? (1)

SnarfQuest (469614) | 1 year,2 days | (#44419995)

Biw you lnow! If you want to getr your article oisted, just submut this one under your name! How can they refuse to run it now?

Re:Look familiar? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,2 days | (#44419913)

This is the worst dupe I have ever seen.

Re:Look familiar? (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,2 days | (#44419929)

Your mistake was looking at the text on /.. You're just supposed to comment, and hopefully click on some ads.

Re:Look familiar? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,2 days | (#44420689)

There are ads on /.?

Re:Look familiar? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,2 days | (#44419947)

They are really not trying anymore.....

Re:Look familiar? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,2 days | (#44420005)

Seems that editors don't bother anymore on reading /. (better things to do?)

Re:Look familiar? (5, Funny)

sjames (1099) | 1 year,2 days | (#44420173)

College students with $3000 in equipment hijack 'News for Nerds'.

Re:Look familiar? (1)

rullywowr (1831632) | 1 year,2 days | (#44424661)

It's not like Slashdotters RTFA anyways...so maybe they were hoping nobody would notice.

wtf /. stop being shitty (5, Informative)

maliqua (1316471) | 1 year,2 days | (#44419835)

see topic 3 times in what 4 days?

Dupe (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,2 days | (#44419837)

Re:Dupe (0, Offtopic)

Pseudonym Authority (1591027) | 1 year,2 days | (#44419885)

Editor's edit; reader's read. If you've got a problem with the division of labor, talk to the union.

Re:Dupe (5, Insightful)

Professr3 (670356) | 1 year,2 days | (#44419915)

Given your use of the grocers' apostrophe, you're clearly one of the readers.

Re:Dupe (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,2 days | (#44419955)

Still better than the real editors.

Re:Dupe (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,2 days | (#44420001)

reader is read

Re:Dupe (1)

somersault (912633) | 1 year,2 days | (#44421203)

That's deep, man.

Re:Dupe (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,2 days | (#44420761)

Who are you anyway?

Re: Dupe (1)

ti-85 (2706779) | 1 year,2 days | (#44422495)

"Hmm, the eternal question."

Re: Dupe (1)

kpoole55 (1102793) | 1 year,2 days | (#44423211)

I thought the eternal question was "Goobers or Raisinettes?"

Re:Dupe (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,2 days | (#44426361)

Grocers' apostrophe? Thank you, I didn't know that particular aliteracy had a name. I think a better name would be "illiterates' apostrophe" (or maybe "aliterates' apostrophe").

At any rate, I can't take someone so obviously uneducated very seriously. And that doesn't just go for apostrophes but annoyingly moronic things like "they're car is over their" or "the banks would loose too much money" which actually changes the meaning of the sentence rather than simply annoying the bibliophile.

Re:Dupe (1)

adolf (21054) | 1 year,2 days | (#44420055)

Editor's edit; reader's read. If you've got a problem with the division of labor, talk to the union.

How do I contact this union? I've got a few grievances to file.

Re:Dupe (1)

Artea (2527062) | 1 year,2 days | (#44420121)

Editor's edit; reader's read. If you've got a problem with the division of labor, talk to the union.

Since when? I thought the agreement was the editors wouldn't edit, readers wouldn't rtfa, and we would all collect our pay at the end of the day.

Re:Dupe (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,2 days | (#44420157)

How would you know that? Have you been reading the contract?

Re:Dupe (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,2 days | (#44421221)

contract

Sir, you don't want to be talking about this.

Re:Dupe (1)

JWSmythe (446288) | 1 year,2 days | (#44421531)

If he had been reading the contract, he would have seen the first item. "1) You will not discuss any part of this contract with anyone except the aforementioned Employer."

Re:Dupe (1)

lxs (131946) | 1 year,2 days | (#44422203)

I get paid for not reading TFA? In that case I have 13 years of wages to collect! Who do I see about that?

Re:Dupe (1)

BazilBBrush (1259370) | 1 year,2 days | (#44419945)

and a pretty lame dupe at that

Dupe? No idiot (1)

frovingslosh (582462) | 1 year,2 days | (#44420057)

No idiot, it's a trip.

Re:Dupe (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,2 days | (#44421845)

While we're whining about slashdot going to hell, why the fuck is it when I middle click links now, it opens the link in the new tab AND in the current window. What the hell are you all smoking?

Better Sources (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,2 days | (#44419843)

http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/07/professor-spoofs-80m-superyachts-gps-receiver-on-the-high-seas

http://www.ae.utexas.edu/news/archive/2013-news-archive/humphreys-research-group-successfully-spoofs-an-80-million-yacht-at-sea

Dupe Much? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,2 days | (#44419845)

http://it.slashdot.org/story/13/07/29/1929205/college-students-hijack-80-million-yacht-with-gps-signal-spoofing

Captcha: Vessel

Record? (5, Funny)

orson_of_fort_worth (871181) | 1 year,2 days | (#44419847)

Anybody know what the fewest number of posts between the original and a dupe is?

Re:Record? (1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,2 days | (#44419893)

First time I've seen a dupe of a story still on the front page... This may be the current record holder.

Re:Record? (1)

tlhIngan (30335) | 1 year,2 days | (#44420053)

Anybody know what the fewest number of posts between the original and a dupe is?

One, I think.

Zero if you include the "dupe April Fool" joke (the one about the evil bit).

And last I checked, we're in July, which is the seventh month of a standard Gregorian calendar. April is the fourth month. And that Fourth and Seventh are not the same number/

Re:Record? (2)

JWSmythe (446288) | 1 year,2 days | (#44421535)

I've seen a dupe come immediately after the initial post, about an hour later.

It's something you just get used to. Complaining about them is like complaining about traffic, or lines at the DMV. They happen. There isn't anything you can do about it.

Do the editors even read this site? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,2 days | (#44419849)

This article is STILL ONTFRONT PAGE.
A yes, I am yelling.

Re:Do the editors even read this site? (3, Funny)

CannonballHead (842625) | 1 year,2 days | (#44420187)

You're yelling so loudly, you seemed to have missed a few letrs.

Re:Do the editors even read this site? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,2 days | (#44420365)

My wireless keyboard in the livingroom sucks. It drops letters all the time.

Students Hijack Slashdot to Post Story Twice? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,2 days | (#44419857)

Maybe?

This just in... (4, Funny)

SpaceGhost (23971) | 1 year,2 days | (#44419971)

Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.

Re:This just in... (1)

fredrated (639554) | 1 year,2 days | (#44421801)

Citation or he is still alive.

Slashdot hijacked (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,2 days | (#44419973)

Editors hijack Slashdot with front-page dupe posting. Film at 11.

NSA (1)

EzInKy (115248) | 1 year,2 days | (#44420023)

As long as it reduces the number of stories about the "no such agency", all is good. Seriously, did you really think anyone was going to allow students to investigate real hacking opportunities?

Record breaking news! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,2 days | (#44420029)

In other news: "On July 28th, as has been reported by BBC, a record number of EVE Online players participated in a record-breaking online battle between two alliances. This battle, which was essentially a turf-war was comprised of over 4,000 online players at one time. The load was so large that Crowd Control Productions (CCP) slowed down the game time to 10% of normal to accommodate the massive amount of activity."

This is quite record breaking. In fact, it breaks a record. Meanwhile, records has been broked. This is all record breaking concerning.

Re:Record breaking news! (-1, Offtopic)

phantomfive (622387) | 1 year,2 days | (#44420065)

Indeed. In fact,
"Synthetic crop fertilizers are a huge source of pollution. This is particularly true when they're washed from fields (or leach out of them) and enter our waterways. Unfortunately, most commercial crops need the fertilizer, because it provides the nitrogen that they require to survive. Now, however, a scientist at the University of Nottingham has developed what he claims is an environmentally-friendly process, that allows virtually any type of plant to obtain naturally-occurring nitrogen directly from the atmosphere." The process being injecting a bacteria that colonizes the plant and fixes atmospheric nitrogen in exchange for a bit of sugar, similar to Soybeans. Only this bacteria will readily colonize most any plant.

Solution to the dupes (3, Insightful)

CoolGopher (142933) | 1 year,2 days | (#44420067)

Let's attach a tazer to each of the "editors", and hand out "tazer points" in addition to mod points using the same scheme. Apply same as usual moderation, only with more painful effects! I am quite confident this would remove the dupes in short time.

All in favor say "aye"!

Re:Solution to the dupes (1)

JayRott (1524587) | 1 year,2 days | (#44420093)

Aye!

Re:Solution to the dupes (1)

Trax3001BBS (2368736) | 1 year,2 days | (#44420189)

Let's attach a tazer to each of the "editors",

All in favor say "aye"!

aye,

Goto 2:00 in the video and pause
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fn7-JZq0YxsM#t=2m00 [youtube.com] (set up correctly but doesn't work)

Now imagine you've asked an editor are they sure this isn't a dupe, Then start the video
-First thing that came to mind - could be a lot of fun.

Almost the same damn title! (4, Insightful)

JayRott (1524587) | 1 year,2 days | (#44420107)

Hey, I have a GED. Can I apply to be a Slashdot editor or am I over qualified?

Re:Almost the same damn title! (2)

Buchenskjoll (762354) | 1 year,2 days | (#44420555)

I don't know what you are talking about, but GED means goat in Danish. If you have a goat, I think you are qualified.

Re:Almost the same damn title! (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,2 days | (#44420725)

I don't know what you are talking about, but GED means goat in Danish. If you have a goat, I think you are qualified.

No, the goat is qualified.

Re: Almost the same damn title! (1)

JayRott (1524587) | 1 year,2 days | (#44421803)

GED stands for "general equivalency diploma" and is awarded when you take a test in lieu of finishing high school. It is commonly referred to as a "Good Enough Diploma." I don't have a goat but I've got a beard, does that count for anything?

Re: Almost the same damn title! (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,2 days | (#44422693)

I don't have a goat but I've got a beard, does that count for anything?

Unless it's a neckbeard, sadly, no...

Re:Almost the same damn title! (1)

TheNastyInThePasty (2382648) | 1 year,2 days | (#44422157)

That depends. Is your IQ above room temperature?

Re:Almost the same damn title! (1)

rwise2112 (648849) | 1 year,2 days | (#44422353)

That depends. Is your IQ above room temperature?

Celcius or fahrenheit?

Bring back Rob and Jeff (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,2 days | (#44420205)

How many hours did I spend at work reading Slashdot back in 2001-2003? I don't know, but it was a lot.

The stories were interesting, the comments were readable, and there was Oog the Opensource Caveman. Every once in a while there were pretty bad spelling mistakes in the stories and there was the occasional dupe, but never like this.

I know it won't actually happen, but I wish Rob and Jeff could come back.

Re:Bring back Rob and Jeff (1)

jones_supa (887896) | 1 year,2 days | (#44420375)

Can you put links to some Slashdot articles from that era (they are all archived) so we can look if there is a difference.

Re:Bring back Rob and Jeff (2)

aardvarkjoe (156801) | 1 year,2 days | (#44420639)

Every once in a while there were pretty bad spelling mistakes in the stories and there was the occasional dupe, but never like this.

This is a definite case of rose-colored glasses. CmdrTaco posted dupes so often that it became a running joke. A common request was to add a feature to stop the editors from posting a story containing the same link as a previous story.

A man with three buttocks? (1)

Buchenskjoll (762354) | 1 year,2 days | (#44420563)

Host: Good evening, I have with me Mr Arthur Frampton, who... Mr Frampton I understand that you, as it were have - well let me put it another way... I believe Mr Frampton that whereas most people... didn't we do this just now? Frampton: Er ... yes. Host: Well why didn't you say so? Frampton: I thought it was the continental version.

Heard that? Someone stole a yacht using fake GPS (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,2 days | (#44420629)

yeah it's true, seen it 3 times on slashdot.

Thats why a skipper should not rely on GPS alone (2)

angel'o'sphere (80593) | 1 year,2 days | (#44420717)

Piloting a yacht by GPS alone is negligent at best or just plain stupid at worst.
At least a depth finder and a compass should be involved, also if you are in the mediterian sea landmarks can and should be watched. Heck even comming into range of a certain coastal radio station is something you usually watch.

Re:Thats why a skipper should not rely on GPS alon (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,2 days | (#44421563)

Piloting a yacht by GPS alone is negligent at best or just plain stupid at worst.

Kind of like having the only comment about the story rather than about the fact that it's the third time in under a week it's been posted? ;-)

Michael (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,2 days | (#44420735)

Students Hijack $80 Million Superyacht With GPS Spoofing, The experiment (run with permission) saw the White Rose [intead.com] sail from Monaco to the island of Rhodes in the Mediterranean

Re:Michael (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,2 days | (#44420775)

Students hijack superyacht with GPS spoofing. The experiment (with permission) saw the White Rose sail in the Mediterranean.

Time for a new Slashdot slogan (4, Funny)

dark-br (473115) | 1 year,2 days | (#44420805)

Slashdot: News for the amnesiac, stuff that mattered.

Student makes Yacht run in circles (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,2 days | (#44420821)

And Slashdot is reporting every revolution.

and? (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,2 days | (#44420885)

This is real news? I remember Iran doing this to an American drone, its not hard and who cares?

Newsflash: Yacht Captain Admits Can't Read Maps (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,2 days | (#44423897)

The Captain of the superyacht admits that he cannot read a map. He grew up using GPS for everything and never thought he would need to develop real navigational skills.

Modern day ... (2)

PPH (736903) | 1 year,2 days | (#44424747)

... version of The Train [wikipedia.org] ?

Drone Alert! (1)

kevinT (14723) | 1 year,2 days | (#44425729)

In consideration of many drones now using GPS to navigate and Iran already claims to have "captured" a United States drone using faked GPS signals. I would hope that the corporations handling GPS systems be figuring out ways of detecting spoofed GPS signals.

FYI - Crew of a $80M yacht relying solely on GPS to navigate? Seriously? What ever happened to paper charts, sextants, taking sightings and looking at radar returns from land masses? The U.S. Navy .... ran aground in the Philippines, Hawaii, and ....

Just ignore me, I am not saying anything anymore :-(

Re:Drone Alert! (1)

mikael (484) | 1 year,2 days | (#44425795)

Or better still, have better GPS antennae that can sense the location of transmissions and figure out that they are local.

GPS Spoof in Benson, AZ (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,2 days | (#44426211)

Has anyone else noticed the GPS spoof in Benson, AZ.
When traveling west on I-10 through Benson AZ, the GPS will show the car drifting north, then when approaching Dark Star Road, the GPS will present the route correction to turn left onto Dark Star Road to get back to I-10.

This spoof does not seen to happen when traveling east on I-10. Dark Star Road does not exist south of I-10.

Yes, I am very much familiar with the connection between Benson, AZ and Dark Star (one of the best low budget sifi movie ever made!).

Nope (0)

Anonymous Coward | 1 year,1 day | (#44431181)

I was going to buy a yacht like that but now I'm having second thoughts.

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