TheStar: Drones get dangerous

TheStar: Drones get dangerous

Drones get dangerous

DIY drones can be easily modified to carry payload or celltower jammers, and to make it worse, radar mistakes them for birds.

“If the impact doesn’t kill you, the propellers can easily cut into flesh…..

larger drones designed to carry a DSLR camera could also lift up 2kg to 3kg, enough to carry something dangerous”

The growing popularity of drones, especially DIY ones, could turn out to be a menace – not only are there people looking to weaponise drones, they can be used for spying and accidents can be caused by clueless owners.

Fong Choong Fook, who is the director of cybersecurity company LGMS, said drone users could cover their unit with tinfoil to block the GPS and bypass geofencing at the cost of being able to control it accurately.

There are currently no restrictions on importing drones whether in parts or whole, but a permit or approval from the Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) is required for models classified as UAS (unmanned aircraft system) above 20kg.

Fong said DIY drone components could easily be bought online, with users only needing basic soldering skills to put it together. He added the entire process could be outsourced too.

Speaking on drone threats at a International Information System Security Certification Consortium chapter meeting, Fong said quadcopters could easily accelerate up to 70kph and crash into a building or person, causing serious damage even if they weighed only a few kilograms.

“If the impact doesn’t kill you, the propellers can easily cut into flesh,” said the drone enthusiast who had been cut by propeller blades himself.

He said larger drones designed to carry a DSLR camera could also lift up 2kg to 3kg, enough to carry something dangerous.

“It could be a mortar shell or grenade. Or if someone wanted to disable a cell tower, they could use a cell jammer,” said Fong.

He added that a “lethal payload” doesn’t even have to be an advanced weapon, as something as simple as a dead animal or bucket of poison into a water filtration system could kill a lot of people.

Full article from Star Online

 

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