[ISN] Vessel-tracking system vulnerable to denial-of-service, other attacks, researchers say

http://news.techworld.com/security/3522313/vessel-tracking-system-vulnerable-to-denial-of-service-other-attacks-researchers-say/ By Lucian Constantin Techworld.com 29 May 2014 Inexpensive equipment can be used to disrupt vessel-tracking systems and important communications between ships and port authorities, according to two security researchers. During the Hack in the Box conference in Amsterdam Thursday, Marco Balduzzi, a senior research scientist at Trend Micro, and independent security researcher Alessandro Pasta described three new attacks against the Automatic Identification System (AIS), which is used by over 400,000 ships worldwide. AIS supplements information from marine radar systems and sends a ships’s identity, type, position, course, speed, navigational status and safety-related information to other ships, shore stations and aircraft. Port and coastal authorities also use the system to send important traffic information and other data back to the ships. Balduzzi and Pasta warned last year that the lack of authentication and integrity-checking in the AIS communication protocol could allow pirates, terrorists or other attackers to create ghost vessels or spoof information received by the ships. […]