Hud et al,
I think the web security
issue is moot. As reported in the WSJ, one of the leaders of one of the most active pirate gruops bragged that they had all of the modern electronic equipment
on their "mother ships" including AIS
. One can quite easily look up sailings on the web and from there determine likely sea lanes and times of transit. Unless ships are able to turn off their AIS equipment
, they are easily detected.
"It is not so much for its beauty that the Sea makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from the waves, that so wonderfully renews a weary spirit."