Drone Threat Intel Report: DroneSec Notify #33

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The countdown is on – September 18th is the official date of the Global Drone Security Network (GDSN) online event. We have various speakers from the CUAS, Law Enforcement, Security Surveillance and Threat Intelligence sectors providing insights into unmanned security-specific topics. We also have a number of interesting reports, white papers and tooling expected to be released during the event specific to the industry.

As we are in the final stages of confirming our speakers, please send your talk Topic, Description and Bio to [email protected] if you would like to be considered to take part. The event will be free and following its inaugural event in Singapore, is the only of its kind focusing specifically on drone security, counter-drone and cyber-UAV topics. Registration will open to the public via Eventbrite and Meetup this week.

Only a day after bringing attention to Parrot’s recent data security and privacy movements, two cyber-security firms conducted an analysis on the DJI Go 4 mobile application. The report is similar in style to River Loop Security’s recent analysis of the DJI Mimo app, and yet again draws attention to the data gathered, stored and transmitted by drone manufacturers.

Some news from New Zealand where police have confirmed the terrorist Mosque attacker utilised a drone to conduct surveillance and reconnaissance activities against the mosque and its surrounding area by air only weeks before the attack took place. In Australia, another prison drop with apprehension and seizure of the device – an operating protocol (discovering launch sites or near-by vehicles) quickly picking up pace as a successful tactic.

In Syria, regime troops managed to capture a FLIR Black Hornet 3 nano-drone, putting its data security and resilience to the test. Police in Portland, Oregon state that drones are being used by violent protesters to manoeuvre around officers and aid in crimes against officers and the public, prompting the FAA to ban drone flights for a month over the area. The Pakistani army downs their 10th Indian quadcopter drone which was conducting surveillance activities well within the Line-of-Control zone at the border.

Meanwhile in Australia, Department 13 switches from military counter drone activities to enterprises by re-launching with partner Nightingale Security to deliver a joint CUAS and UAS Management platform for commercial operations and compliance. An interesting move for the company in an environment that is consistently looking at joint solutions for UTM/UAM integration with CUAS system functionalities.

All these stories and more in the below report and in our UAS Threat Intel Platform, Notify.

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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