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Researchers Warn Open Sky Drone Policy Poses Cybercriminal Risk

By ZDNet

March 29, 2019

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Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) in Israel and Fujitsu System Integration Laboratories in Japan warn of the potential for unregulated aerial drones to threaten citizens.

The scientists analyzed more than 200 techniques and technologies to detect and disable drones, and determined cybersecurity countermeasures to be inadequate, which could lead to "cyberattacks, terrorism, crime, and threats to privacy."

One exploit the researchers demonstrated would deliver hacking hardware and radio systems to targets, in the guise of a pizza delivery.

BGU and Fujitsu suggested the biggest challenge facing vendors in terms of drones and their potential impact on privacy and security is learning a drone's purpose in a non-restricted area, or an "open sky policy."

The researchers proposed drone identification systems and registration as a remedial starting point.

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