Apple filed the patent for it yet?
There's suddenly a lot of panic about GPS satellite navigation spoofing, and BAE Systems among others would like to sell the military some tech to resist it. But in fact, most modern smartphones already have strong countermeasures against this sort of thing. UK-headquartered but largely US-based BAE's latest grab for government …
Apple filed the patent for it yet?
Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) is a guidance kits, which have been around for about 20 years already are GPS spoofing-proof. JDAM kits contain an integrated inertial guidance system coupled to a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver. Inertial guidance systems cannot be jammed, although they do suffer from integration errors. Other military munition "GPS" systems are also inertial + GPS.
My cell-phone is an eleven year old Nokia 5185, sans GPS.
Seems to work quite nicely, at least this side of the Rockies :-)
I kill my food with hand-knapped flint blades, I live in a log cabin and I wear only natural fibres.
All this newfangled "technology" and "synthetic fibres" and "agriculture" you modern fools use will avail you not one bit come the end times.
Paper maps work without batteries as well...
My phone is shitter/older/less feature rich than your phone
GPS != Mapping
Of course, the output from a GPS module can be fed directly into a mapping application giving the user a real time pointer to their current location on the map.
My map is mostly blank, apart from a 'X' and some text at the bottom about 'here be monsters'.
Could be Seattle, could be Cupertino; can't tell.
> Could be Seattle, could be Cupertino; can't tell.
Always in the news, and not in a good way.
I use paper maps, my TomTom GPS, Google maps on my phone, a printout of the Google directions, and a handwritten summary of the important bits from the directions. I intend to not spend hours being lost.
So what's your point?
"I use paper maps, my TomTom GPS, Google maps on my phone, a printout of the Google directions, and a handwritten summary of the important bits from the directions..."
...Ands that's just when he goes to the kitchen!
Thing is, I *can* and have killed food with hand-knapped obsidian blades. I have a log cabin (built by my Great Grandfather in 1890ish, added onto by me twenty years ago using the same techniques). The wife & I teach a "shearing to socks and shirts" class twice a year.
In reality, I use a humane killer on my livestock, the log cabin is our "get the fuck out of reality" space, and I purchase most of my clothing at Sears. I do grow nearly all the vegetables we use here at the Ranch, though.
The difference between you and me is that I not only know how it's done, but I can, and actually do it ... and teach how, for people interested. There is no "ap" that substitutes for getting your fingers dirty.
The desk phone at my elbow is an early 1950s Western Electric rotary-dial telephone. It was the first telephone my Father ever payed the lease on. It still makes and receives telephone calls, even during power failures, which is all I want a telephone to do. Hopefully $TELCO won't kill pulse-dialing on land-lines any time soon ...
But you seem to have an issue with single-tasking tools, AC. Care to explain why?
I have a built-in real-time pointer to my location on the map. It's called a brain.
Get your eyes off the technology & roll down your window to observe reality.
Seattle is dampish & smoggy. Cupertino is dryish & smoggy.
My point is that you would probably have a boat-load more cash in your jeans if you had ever taken a simple "navigation 101" course.
The only time I use electronics for navigation is in the air, and on open water. On the road, it's hardly useful, much less necessary. I can't remember the last time I was more than a street or two off course.
I'm not sure if you've actually read enough articles on here to realise Jake but The Register is a Tech Publication. That means they write about and attract people interested in technology. It is not an antiquated contraptions and ranching publication. Yet, almost every post you make has to reference one or the other.
Do you go on to the BMW owners forums and tell them how great your bicycle is and how rubbish their cars are?
The article in question isn't even about smart phones, except as a reference to the fact they the already perform a function which BAE is trying to lever into the military market. Yet still you jump on here "bragging" about owning an old nokia. Who cares? Its not even relevant to the discussion.
You don't think that producing food & clothing is technology? The mind boggles.
I'm not bragging about the old Nokia. I'm just pointing out that it does exactly what I expect a telephone to do, which is place and receive telephone calls.
As a side-note, mr/s techno-buff, I'm "jake", not "Jake". Computers tend to be literal.
Food? Clothing? I didn't mention either
Computers are literal, people are not and despite appearances otherwise, I trust you are a person
So, AC 09:50 ... Which AC are you, exactly? Some AC or another mentioned food & clothing ... which are technology, regardless. You're not that AC? OK ... Maybe create a handle that the rest of us can actually get a grasp of who you are and reply to on a one on one basis?
Remember, I'm "jake", not "Jake" ... Might be hard to grok, but think about it.
Is that I am humourous and you are presumptuous.
And often tedious.
My dining table does exactly what I expect a dining table to do and doesn't convert into a snooker table.
Only problem is paper maps have this annoying tendency to grow more inaccurate as time passes. Oh, because roads get built, demolished, resurfaced, restructured. Many a driver has gotten lost because the T-intersection they were supposed to find is now a four-way because the road got extended. Or because the map says take the first on-ramp, not realizing a new onramp was just added in front of that one--going THE OTHER WAY.
Not just Google, I have an old Nokia phone which does this sort of secondary location fixing from the radio signals.
The slightly scary thing is that my Android tablet seemed to know where my Wi-Fi router was. Was it Streetview passing by? Or can they get into from my broadband provider?
They could have easily got it from you.
Have you ever had your wifi and GPS turned on at the same time?
Did you check the option to say you're willing to share the wifi positional data is acquires with google? (You can change your mind by going into location settings and unchecking the "use wireless networks" and then checking it again. It asks for confirmation each time).
Then again, even if you didn't, someone else walking past (doesn't have to be a streetview car) could easily have been.
It's actually a useful feature. It allows the device to locate your initial (vague) position very very quickly. A cold start on GPS can take half a minute or so without it, which is a damn long time when you're sat at the front of a queue of traffic trying to work out where you are.
> my Android tablet seemed to know where my Wi-Fi router was
Yes, you agreed to that somewhere in the 73-page terms & conditions that appear when you first use location on an Android device.
Um, actually it's a really straightforward and obvious option in the settings. Google are certainly evil for many reasons, but this particular item couldn't be more plain as day. You can choose whether you use it or not.
That was a Streetview car passing by, or someone with an Android phone and location services enabled. In fact, it was probably several people doing the latter.
Google probably have some quite precise maps of wifi hotspots throughout most of Europe and the US.
"Google probably have some quite precise maps of wifi hotspots throughout most of Europe and the US"
I wish they'd tell us where they were so we could find free wifi internet easily when abroad.
It doesn't have to be free wifi. It can pick up the location from WPA2 protected hotspots even if you don't know the password.
It even picks up non-SSID broadcast WiFi, WiFi with ACLs, any encryption standard...
In the hope of avoiding unnecessary concern, Apple and Google (and probably others) are taking the MAC address and the location details and associating the two. As a WLAN AP will always broadcast it's MAC address, ACL's and setting the "hidden" bit won't stop these details appearing unless you turn off the radio or AP.
They may well be adding SSID information, but I would hope they filtered this to just agreed providers.
It's = IT IS
come in years after it was started and claim it's a new thing.....I can see the SER-FUJ-HP-Atos directors salivating at the prospect of bidding for another ring fenced pork barrel
BAe Systems. Formerly British Aerospace, still has its headquarters in the UK. American?
There are more BAe Systems employees in the US than in the UK.
There is more BAe Systems revenue in the US than in the UK.
You can check this in any Annual Report for the last few years.
Plus whenever I visited sites like Warton, the "UK employees" always included significant numbers of US citizens "temporarily" working in the UK.
All in all, I think that makes them not very British.
Two flaws in the story
1) Encrypted or not it can be spoofed
2) The US drones where defiantly using just the GPS for navigation.
Both proofs come from the Iranians landing a drone using GPS spoofing.
I wouldn't trust what the Iranians have to say any more than I'd trust what the US says back.
From what the Iranians have said so far, they could have gained the same information from shooting down a drone or waiting for a drone to fail by some other means and salvaging its equivalent of a black box from the wreckage and cobbling together a basic model of its airframe out of plywood and larger bits of debris.
'1) Encrypted or not it can be spoofed
2) The US drones where defiantly using just the GPS for navigation.'
These facts were clearly stated in the article.
The Iranians displayed a complete, undamaged drone, explained how they brought it down, and revealed other bits of on-board info including mission data, past service history etc to prove their point. And tellingly, the US has not denied that what the Iranians say is plausible/possible.
The simplest conclusion, therefore, is that they did, indeed, bring it down as they say. Any other explanation is currently not as likely. Remember this is a nation on the brink of independently developing nuclear weapons, with a very high level of technological expertise. It's worth taking what they say very seriously.
1. Whether or not it's possible to encrypt GPS usage so that it cannot be spoofed, the current US attack drones don't do so.
2. On-board data stored in the drone's computers is obviously not adequately encrypted.
Neither of these conclusions are surprising, since the whole point of drones is that they can be developed and deployed quickly and cheaply. But I'd be very surprised if there wasn't a fast scramble in the US to sort out their encryption.
The drones were defiant?
The end is nigh, I tell you!
The simplest conclusion, therefore, is that they did, indeed, bring it down as they say. Any other explanation is currently not as likely
maybe they just bought one....
"uses other transmissions, such as TV and cellular sites, to confirm a location fix"
Except that during a war, those are normally wiped first.
Plus even if not, do the US/Europe have well mapped locations of such signals in Iran/North Korea?
how about a backup system, celestial guidance? Inertial tracking? Surely the drones know roughly where they are and have inertial equipment onboard? GPS should be a check not a primary solution! If ICBMs could roughly know where they are then surely a drone could.
I bought an accessory for my motorcycle, in HongKong, that set me back the equivalent of 29 pounds whixh jams all cell and GPS frequencies including 3G.
It's small enough to fit in my under-seat storage and the antennae are fairly inconspicuous.
In the city the range is approximately just over a 100 metres (tested against cells and a GPS receiver). In the open country/highways things get much better. As our CGST (highway police) use speed traps with GPS attached and speed checking is far shorter distanced with a plastic bodied motorcycle/motorscooter, than a huge blob of steel in the form of a car or truck (lorry). Without GPS readings the courts will not accept speeding tickets. The GPS reading is on the picture along with the time, date, compass direction and speed.
I suspect BAE's wet dream could be as easily defeated.
"I bought an accessory for my motorcycle, in HongKong, that set me back the equivalent of 29 pounds whixh jams all cell and GPS frequencies including 3G."
So you're saying that when you have an accident and you - or somebody else - is lying in the road, unconscious and bleeding to death, nobody can call the emergency services? And all so that you can roar through speed cameras above the legal limit, most likely causing the aforementioned accident? Moron. You don't deserve an ambulance.
Also don't see how this avoids the texting problem anyway - you don't need signal to be reading/writing a text.