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CAPEC-628: Carry-Off GPS Attack

Carry-Off GPS Attack
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Attack Pattern ID: 628
Abstraction: Detailed
Status: Draft
Completeness: Stub
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+ Summary

A common form of a GPS spoofing attack, commonly termed a carry-off attack begins with an adversary broadcasting signals synchronized with the genuine signals observed by the target receiver. The power of the counterfeit signals is then gradually increased and drawn away from the genuine signals. Over time, the adversary can carry the target away from their intended destination and toward a location chosen by the adversary.

+ Attack Prerequisites
  • The target must be relying on valid GPS signal to perform critical operations.

+ Typical Severity


+ Typical Likelihood of Exploit

Likelihood: Low

Spoofing GPS signals and having a target receiver use them is not a trival task.

+ Examples-Instances


A "proof-of-concept" attack was successfully performed in June, 2013, when the luxury yacht "White Rose" was misdirected with spoofed GPS signals from Monaco to the island of Rhodes by a group of aerospace engineering students from the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas in Austin. The students were aboard the yacht, allowing their spoofing equipment to gradually overpower the signal strengths of the actual GPS constellation satellites, altering the course of the yacht.

+ Attacker Skills or Knowledge Required

Skill or Knowledge Level: High

+ Attack Motivation-Consequences
ScopeTechnical ImpactNote
+ Technical Context
Architectural Paradigms
+ References
[R.628.1] [REF-106] "Wikipedia". GPS Spooking. The Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spoofing_attack#GPS_Spoofing>.
+ Content History
CAPEC Content TeamThe MITRE Corporation2015-11-09Internal_CAPEC_Team
CAPEC Content TeamThe MITRE Corporation2017-05-01Updated Attack_Prerequisites, Description Summary, Related_Attack_Patterns, Typical_Likelihood_of_Exploit, Typical_SeverityInternal

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