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Poachers fail in attempt to steal GPS tiger data

by GPS4US 2013-10-18 16:04

As the Bengal tiger population has dwindled to just 2,500, researchers at the Panna Tiger Reserve in India attached a GPS unit to track one throughout the 210-square mile habitat.

The potential downside of tracking members of endangered species, however, showed its ugly head recently, as poachers attempted to hack into emails to find the location of the tiger.

Only three people have access to the GPS data. They receive regular emails updating the tiger’s locations and activities. Luckily for the tiger, the poacher couldn’t figure out the encrypted email security. So the tiger is still roaming free – and unharmed – somewhere in the Panna Tiger Reserve

Tiger remains nab a steep price on the black market. Individual parts can sell for up to $2,000 and the entire tiger may be worth $50,000. So it’s not unthinkable that more poachers could be after the email location of Panna’s tracked Bengal.

 

So, with this failed attempt, the crew at the Panna Tiger Reserve may have good reason to update their GPS and security systems. Using GPS units to track endangered animals has proved beneficial to a number of species. However, this episode shows that it comes with potential pitfalls. 

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