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Passcode Hackable satellite signals may be impossible to patch

Security researcher Colby Moore plans to demonstrate this week at the Black Hat security conference how to intercept and even fake location-tracking satellite signals. The vulnerability could give thieves new ways to steal valuable cargo.

Ina Fassbender/Reuters

It's the middle of the night. Police dispatchers receive a frantic call from a shipping company – one of their drivers triggered a silent alarm to indicate thieves were stealing his cargo. But when officers arrive, they don’t find anything or anyone there. That's because, in movie-like fashion, thieves tampered with the satellite signal transmitting the truck's location and sent officers to the wrong location. Ten miles away, at the actual scene of the crime, robbers are moving the cargo into their own truck 

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