New cyber security threat is coming from the skies: commercial drones

Drones are being used to hack computers and airdrop contraband.

Megan Lynch
September 03, 2019 - 6:15 am

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MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (KMOX) - Commercial drones are becoming a greater risk to our security.

KMOX found one St. Louis Company that's deploying technology to stop drone attacks.

Andy Moser, Consulting Solutions Architect with World Wide Technology says drones are being used for cyberattacks, or to smuggle weapons or other contraband into facilities such as prisons.

Moser demonstrated the technology with a test flight over World Wide's ATC - Advanced Technology Center.  The flight itself triggered an alert on his phone.  Inside, a wall-sized screen displayed a video of the flight along with sensor data on the drone itself.  

The anti-drone technology comes from World Wide Technology partner Dedrone (pronounced Dee-Drone) a developer of drone detection systems that use cameras, sensors, even radar to locate, identify and warn companies of drone activity.  Moser says often, companies don't even know they're around.  "Unless you see it, you don't know it's there and you can't always hear these things.  They're quiet.  They can be made more silent and they can carry a payload from a pound, and you can get drones that carry 50 or 60 pounds."    They can be piloted from long distances, even automated to fly without an operator.  

Moser says once companies know whether there's a threat, they can take steps to harden their security.  One of the easiest ways is to automatically shut down wifi when a drone threat is detected. 

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