Drone Threat Intel Report: DroneSec Notify #30

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

We’ve always been clear in our mission – threat intelligence for drones, counter drone and UTM is a way to uplift our own Red Team capabilities and provide specific incident learnings to our clients around the world. This newsletter gives some insight into that analysis, but the platform will continue to turn that information into actionable intelligence for a myriad of uses.

The team reads a lot of research papers, articles, whitepapers and standards as part of both our customer specific and internal work. This week, two interesting academic papers included 1) researchers from BG University tracking an operators location by scrutinising a drone’s flight path and movements – assessing how its pitch, yaw, movement and even height may hint at a VLOS, BVLOS or even first-person-view (FPV) pilot and their potential take off area, and 2) how UAV’s that are integrated into 5G networks may assist in the prevention, detection and recovery of attacks against 5G networks (jamming, spoofing, eavesdropping etc).

In Counter-Counter-Drone news, an interesting read from UAV Navigations VECTOR system going up against a number of anti-drone jamming guns – apparently defeating all radio-frequency jamming devices pitted against it using their hardware and interception-resisting algorithms. The company refers to these anti-drone measures as “anomalies”; the system may be useful in areas such as Ukraine, where this week’s issue covers several attempted jamming attempts against the Special Monitoring Mission team. On the flip side, for CUAS providers it is a matter of again asking the Red Team question: “What if our system came up against this UAV?” We will continue to keep a close eye on counter-countermeasures and cross our fingers that firm UAV Navigation closely vet their potential list of customers moving forward.

Another unique concept is that of the commentary on building a national, teleoperated counter-drone network; worth a read and thinking about, as we see more and more UTM concepts look to integrate CUAS into their operations with some smart cities opting for a all-in-one solution. The only disagreeable metric here – the point that drone events are relatively infrequent; the data we collect often refutes that. In a community submission, a Washington Post article explores the subject of drones being used in the darkness of night to safely guide narcoplanes into small, rugged landing strips cut out of the jungle in Guatemala. Infrared? Sky-pointing lights? An intriguing concept being utilised by cartels which almost mimics the innovation seen in COVID19 by the use of tethered-light drones during the construction of the Wuhan hospitals. You can find all these aforementioned articles and more below, in this issue.

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