An intriguing story about false Automated Information Systems (AIS) information from Global Fishing Watch.
These systems are important not only for collision avoidance, but also for maritime domain awareness. Who is doing this, how, and for what reason is still a mystery.
Thanks to Sven for bringing this to my attention.
If I had to venture a guess, to create an International Incident! To make it look like that someone is intentionally trying to violate your territorial waters, by falsely giving them wrong navigational coordinates…
The natural assumption is that it is the Russians, but if you take a look article there are also instances of Russians ships violating NATO territorial seas.
Subterfuge works both way, when it’s to your advantage…
There are lots of different groups out their who want to sow hate and discontent beside the Russians. Lots of people who think they would benefit from having the US and Russia fighting.
Same here: https://news.usni.org/2021/06/21/positions-of-two-nato-ships-were-falsified-near-russian-black-sea-naval-base