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The GPS devices could soon be better protected against cyber threats

The GPS Devices Could Soon Be Better Protected Against Cyber Threats

The GPS devices could soon have a new shield against cyber threats. An algorithm developed by UTSA researchers

The GPS devices could soon be better protected against cyber threats. The researchers at University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) developed an algorithm that may help detect and prevent cyber-attacks. It mitigates the effects of spoofed GPS attacks on electrical grids and other GPS-reliant technologies with the Time Synchronization Attack Rejection and Mitigation (TSARM) technique. It could be a revolution in the protection against malicioius hackers of cybercrime and threat actors of international cyber warfare. GPS devices hacking can lead to catastrophic economic and political consequences and cause deaths. Just think of what would happen if someone tampered with the navigators of ships or airplanes. Or those of weapon systems. And what about driverless cars? Such attacks “can be really damaging in different areas of technology,” said Nikolaos Gatsis of UTSA, co-author of the research published in the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics journal, cited by DNA India.

Cyber-attacks to GPS could lead to catastrophic consequences and deaths. Malicious hackers can send false signals that deceive the devices

The cyber threats linked to GPS, moreover, are also linked to critical infrastructures. For example, some national power grids still depend on the system to give time stamps in measurements at all stations in the countries. This, despite several computer security researchers have shown repeatedly that the devices can be hacked with cyber attacks. “In broad terms, malicious cyber-attackers can clone the GPS signal and display, for instance, the wrong time or the wrong location,” said David Akopian from UTSA, quoted by DNA India. “This can wreak all sorts of havoc. It can send people to the wrong location or render hours of data useless”.

The anti-hacking algorithm is able to recognise false GPS signals and counter an attack while it occurs

Here, however, the anti-cyber attack algorithm of UTSA researchers comes into play. This is able to recognize false GPS signals and block them. In addition, it can counteract malicious hackers if necessary. Formally, it has been designed to protect the US electricity grid from cyber threats, but can easily be applied to the entire IT spectrum. From smartphones and tablets to computers. All easily, like a new app. In addition, it will be able to protect new smart technology applications, such as driverless cars.

The research published in the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics journal



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