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Popular Navigation App hijacked with Fake Bots to Cause Traffic Jam

Popular Navigation App hijacked with Fake Bots to Cause Traffic Jam

April 04, 2014Swati Khandelwal
Beware! Hackers can cause Traffic jams with just a navigation Smartphone application. Two Israeli students were assigned by college to hack Google-owned Waze GPS app , an Israeli-made Smartphone app that provides directions and alerts drivers to traffic and accidents. Shir Yadid and Meital Ben-Sinai , fourth-year students at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, with the help of two advisers created a virtual program that successfully caused the popular navigation application Waze to report fake traffic jams,  Haaretz  reported. They successfully launched a demo cyber attack against the popular navigation app, with no evil intention to cause any damage to the app, instead it was a simple assignment handed over to these students to demonstrate up to what a malicious hacker could do by creating a fake traffic jam on any popular app, like Waze that provides real-time traffic updates and notifications to users on the road. HOW TO JAM TRAFFIC? To carry out their proje
Hijacking plane's navigation system with an Android app, Researcher claimed

Hijacking plane's navigation system with an Android app, Researcher claimed

April 11, 2013Mohit Kumar
It is a terrifying prospect, a hack that allows an attacker to take control of plane navigation and cockpit systems has been revealed at a security conference in Europe. This was demonstrated by Hugo Teso , a researcher at security consultancy N.Runs in Germany who's also a commercial airline pilot. He explained that by building an exploit framework called Simon and a complimentary Android app that delivers attack messages, he could manipulate a plane's path as he saw fit. " You can use this system to modify approximately everything related to the navigation of the plane ," Teso told reporters. Teso found he was able to eavesdrop on the system's communications over its 1MBps link, as well as blocking information and injecting data into link.  It took three years of hunting down holes in standard systems to work out how he could use radio signals to send his own navigation commands to a plane's control system, using publicly available Flight Management System (FMS)
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