Drone Threat Intel Report: DroneSec Notify #25

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Wherever you are in the world, the DroneSec team hopes you are safe, and your respective families are doing well.

As with every large-scale event, our signal-to-noise ratio needs to re-learn what is normal vs “event driven”. For example, during COVID-19 our artefacts have had to reflect that some ‘incidents’ are simply involving drones rather than the drone being the subject. As with the recent George Floyd protests, we have a number of drone-related footage and use popping up, but not directly related. One very interesting scenario is Customs and Border Protection using a predator drone to provide surveillance and monitoring over the city of Minneapolis, USA – in fact it’s the only Law Enforcement use of drones during the protests that we’ve witnessed so far. There is now an investigation into the legitimacy of its use and lawfulness.

In this issue, Teal Drones release details of their DoD-compliant secure, rugged and American-made systems aimed at law enforcement and military use. Cloncurry UAS Flight Test Range opens up in Australia and the Indian city of Sircilla links their drone cameras to a live-feed operations centre – not to mention the addition of one drone pilot per law enforcement vehicle.

Some interesting movements in the Counter-UAV space, with Blighter Systems looking to position in Australia, DeDrone partnering with BlackBerry (traditionally cyber-security and intelligence) and DroneALERT launching their newly updated rapid drone reporting and intelligence system.

While it may not be sitting in a physical box, the most recent DroneALERT announcement got the DroneSec team pretty excited. It’s currently the only community-reporting solution that fills evidence gaps in a drone incident. Public reports are cross-referenced with internal metrics and delivered straight to Law Enforcement for triage. A number of potential use cases where this will be useful and paves the way for innovation in the field whilst reducing the risk of increased restrictions on legitimate fliers. There is a genuine need for agnostic, independent organisations dedicated to drone security within our industry sector.

I’ll keep this one short as there’s a fair bit of quality statistics, trends and patterns in our monthly roll-up to get through. As always, if you have comments or feedback, or want to join in the discussion in our slack group, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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