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Re: AIS "extremely vulnerable to hackers"
Yes. Radio direction finding (RDF) is built into Rescue 21. Some USCG small boats and even Towboat/US towboats have RDF capability.
Pseudo-doppler RDF is both state-of-the-art and inexpensive. You can build one yourself for about $300US and use any FM radio for direction finding. It's fun. Some ham radio clubs have radio fox hunts that use a number of different technologies, some quite simple, to good effect.
Funny how those news articles on "hacking" the AIS system choose to leave out these things.
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