South Korea Improves GPS Signal Security

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South Korea is working on implementing a better security system for GPS technology. Since 2010, South Korea has been the victim of GPS signal jamming around their border with North Korea. North Korea is also suspected of hacking South Korea’s online networks with a team of hackers ordered to illegally access computer networks, spread malware and viruses and steal information. North Korea has denied any hacking, but South Korea isn’t taking any risks considering recent threats of war. Officials in South Korea are working hard to beef up their GPS security.


If you’re following this blog, I don’t have to tell you all the great uses of GPS tracking technology. It’s used to help emergency response teams get to the scene faster, aided numerous search and rescue operations, helped us study mysterious wildlife and so much more. Unfortunately, the technology is not perfect and criminals are bound to exploit what weaknesses they can. Fortunately, as weaknesses are discovered, top technology experts are working on ways to seal the holes. South Korea’s Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning has developed a GPS surveillance system that can detect any attempts at signal jamming. There are plans to open the tender for a public company to implement the technology.


“The GPS jamming surveillance system is part of a wider plan that was established earlier,” an official said in a report to Yonhap News Agency. Tensions have been escalating between the North and South Korean borders and South Korea is understandably vamping up it’s entire defense system. The last major disruptions took place between April 28 and May 13 of 2012, when GPS signal jamming affected hundreds of commercial ships and flights around South Korea’s border with North Korea.

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