James said on Aug. 27 at 11:03 a.m. With advancements in technology, "Spoofing" could be circumvented if they devised some way to determine an authentic satellite signal as opposed to a spoofed one. Perhaps some kind of digital authentication signal sent right along with the coordinates signal. The idea that a signal to a ship of any kind could be spoofed is most definitely an appealing idea to the criminal element. It would be nothing for pirates to spoof say a cruise liner into an area where they could board the ship and systematically rob everyone on board. A frightful thought indeed!
Peter said on Aug. 25 at 12:35 p.m. It gives a head start to pirates should they learn to spoof the boats. Just imagine what could happen if techniques like this one were used by some crazed Somali pirates.