Security Fears Behind Ban On DJI Drones

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US Military Report Highlights Security Fears Behind Ban On DJI Drones

US Military Report Highlights Security Fears Behind Ban On DJI Drones

According to the South China Morning Post, a recently disclosed document has shed new light on the US military ban on Chinese-made Dajiang (DJI) drones.

The memorandum “Operational Risks With Regards to DJI Family of Products” by the US Navy’s executive officer for unmanned aviation and strike weapons – dated May 24, 2017 – was one of the reports cited by the US Army later that year when it banned the world’s bestselling drone camera brand. This ban was later extended across the US military.

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The army memo only attributed its ban to “cyber vulnerabilities” without further elaboration.

In the navy memorandum, which was recently released to the national security archive of George Washington University through the US Freedom of Information Act, the researchers identified several risks.

The main concern was that the data link between a DJI drone and a ground station could be hacked to gain access to the data collected — or even to hijack the aircraft.

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It was noted that a “thorough study of the cyber vulnerabilities of these systems” had not been completed, but that open sources indicated “numerous techniques” could be used to compromise the data.

The memo also said the DJI system could upload images, videos or flight records to “unsecure servers in other countries” without the operator’s knowledge. Continue reading about the DJI drone ban and why its happening.

Source: South China Morning Post


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