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The Cyber Shot Across the Bow: Data Manipulation and GPS Spoofing

In September 2015, then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper warned that the next "push of the envelope" in cybersecurity might be attacks that change or manipulate electronic information in order to compromise its accuracy or reliability. Two years later, we may now be seeing the beginning of such insidious attacks, in the context of GPS spoofing — a technique that sends false signals to systems that use GPS signals for navigation.

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In September 2015, in an appearance before the U.S. House Intelligence Committee, then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper warned that the next “push of the envelope” in cybersecurity might be attacks that change or manipulate electronic information in order to compromise its accuracy or reliability, instead of the more easily detected deletion or disruption of access to information. With data integrity in question, he explained, decision making by senior government officials (both civilian and military), corporate executives, investors or others could be “impaired.” Two years later, we may now be seeing the beginning of such insidious attacks, in the context of GPS spoofing — a technique that sends false signals to systems that use GPS signals for navigation.

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