April 18, 2014
Two students from the Israel Institute of Technology (Technion) created a program that is capable of affecting the traffic reporting system of Waze, the popular traffic information application that Google bought last year. The program works by creating several fake accounts in Waze, and then generates fake GPS locations by plotting real tracks, but pretending that they are in a place with high traffic congestion. In this way, Waze creates several reports of traffic jams that, although fictitious, were sent to the navigation system of its users, thus achieving that for several hours many motorists deviated their way avoiding passing through the supposed congested area.
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