Hackers can send British weapons to wrong target

As featured in The Times

Cyber attacks


Jack Watling, research fellow for land warfare at Royal United Services Institute, the armed forces think tank, raised concerns that Russia had stolen a march on using cybercapabilities at a tactical level on the battlefield, while Britain had tended to focus on using cybercapabilities strategically. Last year Moscow was suspected of testing a new system for spoofing GPS after American ships experienced satellite navigation issues in the Black Sea. Spoofing satellites, which transmit deliberately incorrect data, could have a profound effect on western forces. “The worst-case scenario is that you start launching precision strikes at, say, an enemy strongpoint and it lands on a hospital rather than on the target,” Dr Watling said.