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Tracking apps that reveal location of British warships spark security fears

Maritime tracking apps that allow the public to monitor the movements of Western warships may pose a security risk, experts have warned. Live vessel tracking websites can be used to find the location, speed and route of Royal Navy1 and Nato2 vessels. The transponders are commonly used when manoeuvring in and out of port and switched off while at sea or on active operation, but the trackers, similar to those used to monitor commercial aircraft, could leave the vessels vulnerable, it is feared.

The warning follows the release of data by running app Strava, which inadvertently highlighted the position of secret military bases3 by tracking soldiers’ movements. Commercial vessels such as cruise ships and tankers routinely use an automatic identification system (AIS) to alert other boats to their position . The tracking system is a useful tool in preventing collisions at sea. But the use of AIS on military vessels is far less widespread and many nations such as China shun them entirely.

The Independent was able to trace HMS Ramsey, a mine hunter craft, as it manoeuvred close to the Faslane nuclear base on the River Clyde in Scotland.

A Dutch-registered Nato warship was also observed sailing close to the UK while the helicopter carrier and assault ship HMS Ocean was spotted in the Channel.

HMS Ramsey maneuvering close to the HM Naval Base Clyde, which is home to the nation’s nuclear deterrent (Shipfinder.co)

A Nato official said it was ‘fully aware of commercially available maritime trackers’ (Shipfinder.co)

Labour peer and former head of the Royal Navy, Lord West, said Western militaries may have become too transparent . Speaking to The Independent, he warned that Britain s adversaries were likely to be harvesting the information, adding: I’m sure they look at it.

Personally I would not put that data out there, but I don’t think it is a threat.

In some ways we have become too transparent with our locational data . But it could even be a good thing . People who rely on this data would be completely confused when you turn the AIS off.

A Ministry of Defence (MoD) source said the navy was very aware of the risk that maritime tracking devices pose and had strong policies in place to mitigate it . Chronis Kapalidis, an international security expert at the Chatham House think tank, said the information risked making the jobs of criminals and terrorists much easier . But he added that the most pressing maritime security concern related to passenger vessels in the Mediterranean, which he said were vulnerable to a terror attack.

The former naval officer said: There is a reason many warships have AIS on even if they are not obliged to do so – to establish maritime presence.

When they stop operations and visit a port in Oman and Dubai, for example, they turn on AIS . It could be a way of attracting terrorists or pirates as the ship would be more vulnerable closer to shore which is when AIS is usually switched on.

It is certainly a consideration, but the ships have internal processes for dealing with it. Steffan Watkins, a Canadian security analyst who regularly uses maritime trackers, said the public release of AIS data would have a limited impact on operational safety.

The vast majority of military vessels have AIS off, but they’re still being tracked by space-borne sensors, undersea sensors, and other technical means, he told The Independent.

AIS is not required by the navies of the world to track their opposing forces, but it does help in a limited fashion, which is why Nato warships that frequently have AIS on when entering or exiting port turn AIS off when stalking Russian Navy vessels.

Guidance for US vessels changed last year after a spate of collisions involving American warships4. After the chief of US naval operations, Admiral John Richardson, admitted last year collisions involving two warships which cost the lives of 17 sailors were preventable, a review recommended that ships routinely transmit their positions using AIS to prevent collisions while entering and leaving harbour. A Nato official said the organisation was “fully aware of commercially available maritime trackers” while a spokesperson for the MoD said it took the security of its personnel, assets and establishments very seriously and keeps them under constant review”.

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References

  1. ^ Royal Navy (www.independent.co.uk)
  2. ^ Nato (www.independent.co.uk)
  3. ^ Strava, which inadvertently highlighted the position of secret military bases (www.independent.co.uk)
  4. ^ collisions involving American warships (www.independent.co.uk)
  5. ^ Reuse content (www.independent.co.uk)

‘Where’s the security?’ Readers shock after gun pulled out in chaotic mass dancefloor brawl

Horrified readers have highlighted security at a Birmingham nightclub after a gun was pulled out in a mass brawl on the venue’s dancefloor. Shocking footage, which can be viewed above, revealed how a huge fight had erupted inside Prisma nightclub in the early hours of Sunday morning. The trouble sparked on the dancefloor and later spilled outside where a man was slashed in the face and taken to hospital.

Footage taken by a terrified clubber shows how a man had pulled a gun from his pocket during the huge fight, in which bottles were used as weapons as well.

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In the 30-second clip, screams of terror can be heard as several revellers cower behind the bar for their safety. The brawl continues as the gunman raises the weapon in the air before stamping on a man lying on the floor. Man with what appears to be a gun involved in mass brawl at Prisma Another club goer, who has been brought to his knees, can be seen clutching at the wall as he tries to get to his feet and escape from the club. And Birmingham Mail readers have since slammed the Bristol Street venue, questioning ‘where’s the security?’ One reader suggested that a gun would have been found had the clubbers been searched1 . Patrick Roome wrote: “Where is security ? At football game, well Albion, every person is searched.” And another, Ahmed Hassan, added: “That s bad news but where s security?”

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After viewing the footage taken from inside the club, Christine James commented: “Looks like a den of iniquity!” While a clubber, who had not long left the venue, stated it had been a ‘good party’ before the chaos sparked.

Tamara Snape wrote: “I left 5am as my feet were hurting me wow just after I left oh dear was a good party though before I left.” Tammy Caulfield added: “Glad I don’t go out anymore!” Shocking scenes of violence at Prisma nightclub The witness, who filmed the footage and did not wish to be named, also questioned how the weapon got into the venue. He said: “I was with the DJ on the night, I don’t understand how the fight began but a lot of people broke into a fight, bottles were being used at some point there was a gun shown but not used.

“I was shocked, I couldn’t believe how a weapon can enter a club, how security just stood around looking for the fight to just magically die out.

“There was no structure in how to handle a situation like this.

“Ordinary people had to pull and separate each other, people were hiding behind the bar and ducking because they felt someone was going to shoot.”

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After the footage ended, the trouble then spilt outside the venue where a man was slashed across the face2 with a weapon. The Birmingham Mail contacted Prisma for a comment but the owner said he is ‘not allowed to comment’.

Officers were called to the Bristol Street venue at around 6am on Sunday after a fight broke out at Prisma and then escalated onto the street. Police couldn t confirm if the wounds to the 26-year-old’s face had been caused by a knife or another weapon. A West Midlands Police spokeswoman said: It is believed a fight broke out at the club on Bristol Street at around 6am and a 26-year-old man received slash wounds to his face.

“He was taken to hospital and later discharged.

Investigations remain on-going and anyone with information is urged to call police on 101, quoting crime number 20BW/21909L/18 or to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

References

  1. ^ clubbers been searched (www.birminghammail.co.uk)
  2. ^ where a man was slashed across the face (www.birminghammail.co.uk)

‘Where’s the security?’ Readers shock after gun pulled out in chaotic …

Horrified readers have highlighted security at a Birmingham nightclub after a gun was pulled out in a mass brawl on the venue’s dancefloor. Shocking footage, which can be viewed above, revealed how a huge fight had erupted inside Prisma nightclub in the early hours of Sunday morning. The trouble sparked on the dancefloor and later spilled outside where a man was slashed in the face and taken to hospital.

Footage taken by a terrified clubber shows how a man had pulled a gun from his pocket during the huge fight, in which bottles were used as weapons as well.

Read More

In the 30-second clip, screams of terror can be heard as several revellers cower behind the bar for their safety. The brawl continues as the gunman raises the weapon in the air before stamping on a man lying on the floor. Man with what appears to be a gun involved in mass brawl at Prisma Another club goer, who has been brought to his knees, can be seen clutching at the wall as he tries to get to his feet and escape from the club. And Birmingham Mail readers have since slammed the Bristol Street venue, questioning ‘where’s the security?’ One reader suggested that a gun would have been found had the clubbers been searched1 . Patrick Roome wrote: “Where is security ? At football game, well Albion, every person is searched.” And another, Ahmed Hassan, added: “That s bad news but where s security?”

Read More

After viewing the footage taken from inside the club, Christine James commented: “Looks like a den of iniquity!” While a clubber, who had not long left the venue, stated it had been a ‘good party’ before the chaos sparked.

Tamara Snape wrote: “I left 5am as my feet were hurting me wow just after I left oh dear was a good party though before I left.” Tammy Caulfield added: “Glad I don’t go out anymore!” Shocking scenes of violence at Prisma nightclub The witness, who filmed the footage and did not wish to be named, also questioned how the weapon got into the venue. He said: “I was with the DJ on the night, I don’t understand how the fight began but a lot of people broke into a fight, bottles were being used at some point there was a gun shown but not used.

“I was shocked, I couldn’t believe how a weapon can enter a club, how security just stood around looking for the fight to just magically die out.

“There was no structure in how to handle a situation like this.

“Ordinary people had to pull and separate each other, people were hiding behind the bar and ducking because they felt someone was going to shoot.”

Read More

After the footage ended, the trouble then spilt outside the venue where a man was slashed across the face2 with a weapon. The Birmingham Mail contacted Prisma for a comment but the owner said he is ‘not allowed to comment’.

Officers were called to the Bristol Street venue at around 6am on Sunday after a fight broke out at Prisma and then escalated onto the street. Police couldn t confirm if the wounds to the 26-year-old’s face had been caused by a knife or another weapon. A West Midlands Police spokeswoman said: It is believed a fight broke out at the club on Bristol Street at around 6am and a 26-year-old man received slash wounds to his face.

“He was taken to hospital and later discharged.

Investigations remain on-going and anyone with information is urged to call police on 101, quoting crime number 20BW/21909L/18 or to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

References

  1. ^ clubbers been searched (www.birminghammail.co.uk)
  2. ^ where a man was slashed across the face (www.birminghammail.co.uk)