Drone Threat Intel Report: DroneSec Notify #19

This summary has been extracted from our weekly public threat intelligence report. For more information on the platform or weekly email PDFs, please visit: dronesec.com/pages/notify or email us at [email protected] or join the slack group at dronesec.slack.com.

This week we added a number of new sources and priority notifications to our system – existing customers should notice this immediately and feedback is welcomed. For any of our free subscribers, you can find out more information about our paid platform by contacting us at [email protected]

You may notice our reporting style has changed slightly also – we are ensuring that drone make, model and types are adequately sourced (whether they appear in the source or not) and acknowledged. Previously, we have been silently cataloguing these in our database; extracting key information such as the types of drones in use by different organisations to provide insights. By making these available to the public, their security teams can make quicker and more effective decisions about their defensive posture.

Going through the highlights of the week, we see an event where a missing Law Enforcement drone is being searched for by… more drones. The drones are being used to detect drone-like shapes in order to locate the missing drone; certainly not the same as a missing police cruiser, but a contingency measure all Law Enforcement should expect and plan for.

We’ve also seen an uptick in social media sharing guides on attaching items and payloads to drones, modifying vision of non-FPV drones and more amongst COVID-19. While the meaning is innocent, we will be monitoring these closely to assess if it brings more opportunistic malicious use cases with the rise of accessible information. That being said – we’re not for censoring this type of information, however it is meaningful to analyse.

A great podcast has popped up on our radar this week with a plethora of detailed information regarding UAS, their Ground Control Stations and Counter-UAS measures in Idlib, Syria. It is only 7-minutes long and well worth the listen. Otherwise, the DoT review of inadequate security control measures within the FAA has been released and acknowledged – we will be keeping a close eye on the outcomes in the near future.

As always, our slack workspace is open for discussion of all things drone, counter-drones and UTM security.

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