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Re: AIS "extremely vulnerable to hackers"

Originally Posted by Nicca619 View Post
Here are some good thoughts in reply to all the Buzz about"]AIS Hacking
Good article. It still fails to mention that in order to spoof an AIS signal, the rogue transmitter needs to continuously send out false data out every few seconds. This makes them an easy target for being discovered (and ultimately apprehended) through RDF.

This makes AIS much harder to spoof without being caught. Someone wanting to cause massive disruption and get away with it would be much more likely to be successful by making a single mayday call on channel 16. That seems to happen a couple times a year - far more frequently than any know cases of AIS spoofing.

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