Although the Pokemon Go hack hasn’t yet led to a major incident, Dinesh said that GPS spoofing could be used to attack someone as companies continue to turn more of our machines and appliances into remotely controllable objects.
For example, if autonomous cars become popular, a hacker could one day remotely force it to crash into a wall or another vehicle, causing a fatal accident, he said. Dinesh says that GPS spoofing can also be used to break a security technology called geofencing, which uses GPS data to create virtual boundaries that restrict access to classified information when outside certain locations.
“Let’s say I were a top manager of a major bank. I could access all the information while sitting at my desk, but I wouldn’t be able to access it from the room next to it,” says Dinesh. “But people could get access to such information if they disguised the location information received by computer.”
Although the dangers of GPS spoofing have been pointed out in academic circles since the early 2000s but governments and businesses have ignored them up until now. This was because there weren’t many devices or Apps making use of location-based technologies. However, with the GPS spoofing simulators getting cheaper and easily available, governments and companies would have to do something drastic to protect GPS apps and devices from getting hacked.