Has Tehran "falsified" the British oil tanker on Iranian territory by using Russian espionage technology?
- The Stena Impero was boarded by Iranian special forces on Friday at 4 p.m.
- It changed dramatically to the north and to Iranian territory without warning
- MI6 and GCHQ are both investigating the run-up to the Friday incident
An oil tanker flagged by the British flag and seized by Iranian special forces could of course have been broadcast by Russian espionage technology fearing its advanced navigation system & # 39; spoofed & # 39 ;,
The Stena Impero was brought on board by heavily armed Iranian troops who raced on the deck of the 30,000-ton tanker shortly after 4 pm on Friday.
MarineTraffic guarded the ship in Swedish hands and showed how it took a dramatic turn to the north as it passed through the Strait of Hormuz.
The Stena Impero, pictured, was boarded by Iranian special forces around 4pm on Friday and ordered to head north and away from the international shipping lanes
It is feared that the Iranian revolutionary guard, pictured, has access to Russian espionage GPS spoofing technology that can mislead GPS units on board aircraft and shipping
Iranian special forces focused on the tanker when it went through the 21-mile-wide lubrication point on Friday.
According to the Sunday mirror, GCHQ and MI6 are currently investigating whether the Iranians have deployed GPS spoofing technology that is fooling modern navigation systems that rely on satellites.
A source said: & # 39; Russia has the technology to spoof GPS and may have helped Iran in this venture because it was extremely brutal. It would make British shipping particularly vulnerable and cause serious concern for the Royal Navy warships in the region.
& # 39; The Islamic Revolutionary Guard and the Russian intelligence service have worked closely together in Syria and have protected and promoted their interests. & # 39;
Many of the 2,000 companies that operate ships in the region have ordered their ships to sail through Hormuz only during the day and at high speed. But only a handful of companies have stopped bookings.
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