Sunday, March 18, 2012

How widespread is GPS jamming?

The BBC is reporting on a UK study that estimates 50 to 450 instances of GPS jamming each day, and recorded 60 incidents in one location over a six month period. The researchers attributed most of these to people driving vehicles with tracking devices who, well – don’t want to be tracked. read more

FCC warns 20 online sellers of GPS jammers

illegal-gps-jammerEarlier this year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced stepped up enforcement of anti-jamming laws, with the intention of removing cell phone, police radar, WiFi and GPS jammers from the market. Now they’ve gone a step further, calling out twenty online sellers of GPS jammers (PDF). Basically, it comes down to this…

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Biggest GPS jammer ever, courtesy the FCC

gps_satellite_altThere’s been a spate of stories recently about how we’re over-reliant on GPS, and while some threats are overblown, GPS jamming can be more serious, especially on the scale tentatively approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Wha? Read on my friend…

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Criminals turn to GPS jammers to avoid tracking

gps-jammer This is bad. The Register reports that car thieves in the UK are now using illegally imported GPS jammers to avoid the GPS tracking systems now found in many autos. Consider the implications — bank robbers and sex offenders with jammers, bleed over from the signals affecting emergency services, etc. Not good.

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