Here we go again. In August of 2017, the U.S. Army sent around a memo warning of possible “cyber vulnerabilities” with regard to Chinese-manufactured DJI drones. At the time, DJI responded quickly to the allegations, adding new functionality that allowed for a “privacy mode,” working with U.S. government agencies to address security concerns, and hiring an independent, US-based consulting firm to review their technology and procedures (the consultants found that there was no unauthorized sharing of data gathered by DJI drones, and as the DroneGirl reported in September of 2018, U.S. military branches are still purchasing DJI drones.)
This weekend, CNN broke the news that DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has warned that Chinese-manufactured drones (no particular manufacturer is named) pose a “potential risk to an organization’s information,” (quoted from CNN’s report of the alert).
The article is posted on CNN’s politics page, as the story follows upon news of U.S. President Trump signing an executive order effectively stopping U.S. companies from using telecom equipment provided by Chinese firm Huwei, due to security concerns. As CNN points out in its story, the executive order was timed in the midst of the escalating trade war between the U.S. and China.
Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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