Popular Navigation App hijacked with Fake Bots to Cause Traffic Jam

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Beware! Hackers can cause Traffic jams with just a navigation Smartphone application. Two Israeli students were assigned by college to hack Google-owned Waze GPS app, an Israeli-made Smartphone app that provides directions and alerts drivers to traffic and accidents.Shir Yadid and Meital Ben-Sinai, fourth-year students at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, with the help of two advisers created a virtual program that successfully caused the popular navigation application Waze to report fake traffic jams,¬†Haaretz¬†reported.They successfully launched a demo cyber attack against the popular navigation app, with no evil intention to cause any damage to the app, instead it was a simple assignment handed over to these students to demonstrate up to what a malicious hacker could do by creating a fake traffic jam on any popular app, like Waze that provides real-time traffic updates and notifications to users on the road.To carry out their project, the students created and used a virtual program that enacted Smartphones and registered thousands of fake Waze users with false GPS coordinates. Then this army of fake users crowdsourced false road conditions to the app claiming to be stuck in traffic jam at the false GPS coordinates, potentially causing scramble. Doctoral student Nimrod Partush came up […]

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