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Friday, March 7 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Location Deception: Yacht vs. GPS Spoofer

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The answer: Yes. The question: Could you hijack my yacht? The backstory: It all started at SXSW. After hearing professor Todd Humphreys report in his 2013 SXSW Interactive panel that he had brought down an unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) with a specialized GPS cyber attack, a distinguished-looking audience member with a British accent challenged him: "I don't suppose you could do the same with a 213-foot Super Yacht?" So began an improbable story that culminated with an improbable scene: a $2k box the size of a small briefcase controlling an $80M yacht the size of a jumbo jet. A team of UT Austin scientists used the custom-made GPS device to take control of the White Rose of Drachs as it sailed last June in the Mediterranean. The White Rose's captain will give a first-person account of the attack. The panel will discuss the technical aspects of the hack and the broader implications of location deception, highlighting the challenge of using location as an authentication factor.

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Jahshan Bhatti

Graduate StudentThe University of Texas at AustinJahshan Bhatti is pursuing a Ph.D. in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at The University of Texas at Austin, where he also received his B.S. and M.S. He is a member of the UT Radionavigation Laboratory... Read More →
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Kenneth Himschoot

ConsultantHimschoot Consulting bvba
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Todd Humphreys

Asst ProfessorThe University of Texas at AustinTodd Humphreys is assistant professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, and Director of the UT Radionavigation Laboratory. He's interested in navigation security and high-performance, low-power navigation... Read More →

Friday March 7, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm CST
Sheraton Austin, Creekside

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