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HMS Defender: AIS spoofing is opening up a new front in the war on reality

An incident involving a British warship off the coast of Russian-occupied Crimea on June 24 may have begun online - with a virtual voyage that never really happened.


British destroyer HMS Defender arrives at the port of Batumi, Georgia.  (Credit AP/UK Defense Ministry)

NATO representatives did not respond to requests for comment on the fake AIS. The tracks were confirmed as false by Dutch naval warfare news site Marineschepen.nl.

The AIS positions were shared with AIS aggregator MarineTraffic.com by a receiver station in Chornomorsk, which is close to Odessa. Other AIS aggregators also reported the false positions. HMS Defender was shown under the credentials that she is currently using, IMO 4907878. HNLMS Evertsen was reported as  Netherlands Warship MMSI 244942000. Both the Defender and Evertsen are part of CSG21, the carrier strike group centred around HMS Queen Elizabeth.

HMS Defender MS Evertsen #WeAreNato sailing for Crimea | Sept. 17, 2021 |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 22nd, 2022 at 07:11:05 PM EST

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