21 May 2019

DHS warns of ‘strong concerns’ that Chinese-made drones are stealing data

The US Department of Homeland Security is warning that drones manufactured in China are a “potential risk to an organization’s information,” because they are capable of sending sensitive flight data to servers that may be accessed by the manufacturer as well as by other parties, such as the Chinese government.

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15 Apr 2019

Dangerous Drone Encounters Soared in 2018

A new report by the UK Airprox Board (UKAB) shows that the number of dangerous incidents that could have led to a collision between aircraft and drones surged from 91 in 2017 to 125 last year, a 34% increase. In late 2018, one drone incident at Gatwick airport caused major

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28 Mar 2019

Study Highlights Need for Safeguards for Drone Use

Researchers with Ben-Gurion University and Fujitsu warn that open-skies policies permitting the use of drones in populated areas put the privacy and security of people at risk, because threat actors can use drones to carry out cyberattacks. The researchers consider the proliferation of drones an inevitability, which makes it all

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30 Jan 2019

FAA Declares the Super Bowl a ‘No Drone Zone’

The FAA has declared a “no drone zone” in and around the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, home over Super Bowl LIII on February 3. The limit restricts any drone from flying within one nautical mile of the stadium below 1,000 feet, starting January 31st. The night of the game, the

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29 Jan 2019

Thankfully, the technology to combat rogue drones is getting better

News on drones and security have largely highlighted the major risks drones pose to various industries and to populations at large. This is not without good reason; suicide drones have been used in attempted assassinations, cartels use them to smuggle drugs across borders, ISIS has used them to drop grenades,

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25 Jan 2019

The Pentagon flew more drones for domestic missions in 2018 than the last 7 years combined

The U.S. military has supported domestic missions with drones several times in the past decades, but 2018 marked a highpoint of military drone usage domestically, surpassing the past seven years combined and suggesting a continued support relationship in 2019 and beyond. Of the 2018 missions, four supported forrest firefighting efforts

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23 Jan 2019

Russia tests ‘underwater quadcopter’ for Arctic exploration

Russia has developed a prototype for an unmanned underwater drone for use in Arctic operations. Potential uses include searches for sunken vessels and objects, natural resource exploration, and more. While the drone is fairly simple in design, underwater drones continue to lag behind their land and air-based counterparts in both

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23 Jan 2019

Newark Airport Traffic Is Briefly Halted After Drone Is Spotted

One month after drone sightings at London’s Gatwick Airport caused major disruptions affecting over 140,000 passengers of more than 1,000 flights, two pilots spotted a drone flying in the near proximity of Newark Liberty International Airport on Tuesday afternoon. As a result of the sightings, planes were temporarily not aloud to

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16 Jan 2019

The Transportation Department is Funding Autonomous Drones

The Department of Transportation’s Volpe National Transportation Systems Center is seeking vendors to develop A.I. tools for autonomous drones. It is also seeking to expand its understanding of ways in which autonomous vehicles could be hacked or manipulated by malicious actors. The solicitation is open only to vendors situated within

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31 Dec 2018

2018 Results: Dedrone UK Airport Counter-Drone Study

Dedrone, an airspace security company, conducted a study at four UK airports tracking drone activity in 2018. With 285 drones detected over a 148-day period (just under 2 per day), the study concluding with three key learnings and next steps: “1. the problem of unauthorized drones at airports is real,

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