At least seven manufacturers at the annual Geneva Motor Show, which began last week in Switzerland, have been hit by an attack that left their cars thinking they were somewhere far, far away.
According to Jalopnik, which covers the automotive industry, Audi, Peugeot, Renault, Rolls-Royce, Volkswagen, Daimler-Benz, and BMW reported to show security that their cars’ GPS units were displaying a location in Buckingham, England. Oh, and that the year was 2036.
While the address is the home office of RaceLogic, a company that makes GPS simulation equipment, a company spokesman said RaceLogic has nothing to do with the issue and that unmodified equipment couldn’t cause spoofed information over the wide area affected by the attack.
So far, no one has claimed responsibility for the attack, and it is unknown whether it was intentional or accidental. Whichever the case, it seems further proof that GPS signals can be spoofed by any number of actors — something that is raising concerns for many in transportation industries.
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