DHS warns Chinese-made drones could be stealing sensitive data

  • 5 years ago
WASHINGTON — Chinese-made drones might be sending sensitive flight data back to manufacturers in China, where the curious eyes of the CCP have all access.
According to CNN, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued an alert on Monday saying drones are a "potential risk to an organization's information.
DHS's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency stated that products "contain components that can compromise your data and share your information on a server accessed beyond the company itself."
The report doesn't point the finger at any particular manufacturers, but almost 80 percent of drones used in the U.S. and Canada are made by DJI, headquartered in Shenzhen, China.
According to CNN, U.S. local law enforcement organizations and infrastructure operators are increasingly relying on these drones.
The alert says, "the United States government has strong concerns about any technology product that takes American data into the territory of an authoritarian state that permits its intelligence services to have unfettered access to that data or otherwise abuses that access."
Users are warned to be careful when purchasing China-made drones, and to take precautionary steps like turning off the device's internet connection and removing secure digital cards.
So maybe think twice before dropping some serious coin on your next drone.