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This GPS Spoofing Hack Can Really Mess Up Your Google Maps Trips

This GPS Spoofing Hack Can Really Mess Up Your Google Maps Trips (Malware and Vulnerabilities)

Researchers have come up with a novel way of stealthily sending people in the wrong direction, using $250 of equipment that can spoof GPS signals and switch in “ghost” maps that appear to be the real thing but are in fact a kind of digital illusion. In a typical GPS spoofing attack, the hacker forces the software to connect to their own equipment rather than the legitimate satellite systems. “On average, our algorithm identified 1547 potential attacking routes for each target trip for the attacker to choose from,” the researchers claimed in their paper. In their first of two attacks in the real world, a ghost destination was set to another location on the original route. He also claimed that his attacks would work on other GPS-based software, including Apple Maps and Pokemon Go. "The very reason we use GPS maps is because we are unfamiliar with an area so you can easily see how this attack, if done subtly, would be effective.”

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