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MikeB
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 1:23 am    Post subject: GPS Retailing changes direction Reply with quote

UK Government officials and communications experts are still assessing the public safety and security implications of an article that appeared on a hacker site (edited: link removed) just over a year ago. The article provides directions for making low-cost, portable devices that can alter the GPS mapping, and therefore the directions, of third-party SatNavs.

Petior Chevinsky, a spokesman for NASA, who have been successfully defeating jammed GPS environments since 1998, says "defeating GPS jamming is one thing, but this is not jamming. It's the alteration of mapping and therefore a completely different ball game. We are powerless against this type of abuse".

Initially the Government was primarily concerned with the potential risk for military operations, but a very new level of concern has emerged. Last night, Mr. Michael Souris, the Managing Director of UK SatNav retailer Destination Diversions was arrested for deception. Mr. Souris was charged with the real-time corruption of user's SatNav maps to divert vehicles and their confused drivers to his shop. He was able to achieve this from a distance of 3 miles.

He displayed large signs both outside his shop and in the window that asked "How accurate is your SatNav?". The sign went on to say "For just 9.99 and in just 2 minutes we can recalibrate your maps to make them much more accurate." He fraudulently 'repaired' hundreds of GPS systems over a three month period.

The mind boggles as to what other ways this information could be misused. The Team at PocketGPSWorld.com have studied the plans and conclude that even those with just a small amount of technical skill could build a such GPS alteration system straight off the page!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 6:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would this be along the lines of the Lirpa Loof unit?
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 8:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmmmmm, is it that time of year already?

Nice 1!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was one of the gullible people caught out by this man. I had my gps repaired and he even convinced me to buy a map of mars for an extra 9.99. Is there a pocketgpsworld speed camera database available for mars?
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote



It only operates on Tuesdays and other busy times apparently.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This man is also using a new free internet service from Google - http://www.google.com/tisp/
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 1:02 pm    Post subject: Re: GPS Retailing changes direction Reply with quote

MikeB wrote:

Petior Chevinsky Question Question Question

Mr. Michael Souris Laughing Laughing Laughing

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 1:38 pm    Post subject: Re: GPS Retailing changes direction Reply with quote

BGF wrote:
MikeB wrote:

Petior Chevinsky Question Question Question

Mr. Michael Souris Laughing Laughing Laughing


Good spot for "Souris" meaning mouse, but for the life of me I can't remember why I used Petior Chevinsky. I wrote it over a month ago. Answers on a postcard please.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 11:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

May I just say that I love this site!

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes you may, thank you. So do we! Smile
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