At the end of the 20th century, it was believed that a programming error would cause massive breakdowns in computer systems around the world when they arrived to January 1st, 2000. Now, specialists from the International Institute of Cyber Security (IICS), and experts in ethical hacking training in India, report on a recent concern about global positioning systems (GPS).
According to some specialists, it is in fact possible that some GPS systems do not work properly this weekend because the dates of the satellite system will restart until the date on which the system was put online.
Due to the importance of the GPS system in various areas, many considered that this could cause inconvenience, particularly critical sectors such as transport and telecommunications; however, this has not been the case, as per experts in ethical hacking training in India.
According to the specialists in ethical hacking training in India, when the GPS system was put online in the decade of 1980, experts already knew of this limiting, because the system only had enough storage to remember 1024 weeks. The deadline came this weekend and the system got restarted to zero.
Concern may have grown because of the number of organizations that use GPS today. The U.S. Air Force, the entity responsible for managing these satellites, has confirmed that the probability of an incident being generated by the restart of the calendar is really low. Organizations that use the GPS system, such as airlines, financial systems, among others, have been notified years in advance regarding this GPS system feature.
U.S. Air Force spokespersons claim that this inconvenience had already been contemplated and measures were taken in advance: “The GPS systems and devices manufactured during the most recent 10 years must already be encrypted so that this failure does not affect them. This is probably the last time a correction of this class is needed” the spokespeople stated. GPS systems are being upgraded to a 13-bit storage capacity, thus discarding the need to re-correct over the next 150 years.