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U.S. Army halts use of Chinese-made drones

over cyber security concerns

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Army has ordered its members to stop using drones made by Chinese manufacturer SZ DJI Technology Co Ltd because of "cyber vulnerabilities" in the products.


An Aug. 2 Army memo posted online and verified by Reuters applies to all DJI drones and systems that use DJI components or software.


It requires service members to "cease all use, uninstall all DJI applications, remove all batteries/storage media and secure equipment for follow-on direction."


The memo says DJI drones are the most widely used by the Army among off-the-shelf equipment of that type.


DJI said in a statement that it was "surprised and disappointed" at the Army's "unprompted restriction on DJI drones as we were not consulted during their decision."


The privately held company said it would contact the Army to determine what it means by "cyber vulnerabilities" and was willing to work with the Pentagon to address concerns.


Analysts at Goldman Sachs and Oppenheimer estimated in 2016 that DJI had about 70 percent share of the global commercial and consumer drone market.

Goldman analysts estimated the market, including military, to be worth more than $100 billion over the next five years.


The Army was considering issuing a statement about the policy, said Army spokesman Dov Schwartz.


The move appears to follow studies conducted by the Army Research Laboratory and the Navy that said there were risks and vulnerabilities in DJI products.


The memo cites a classified Army Research Laboratory report and a Navy memo, both from May as references for the order to cease use of DJI drones and related equipment.




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The actual problem with the drones is they collect and transmit location data and other metadata that could be used by foreign countries, particularly China.  I don't know what all the military units are going to do or have done with theirs, but we destroyed ours using classified material incinerators.  All the colleges with military and government connections have also been told to destroy their DJI drones.  The local WalMart even took them off the shelves.  Waiting for Amazon to put up a warning on their pages that it is illegal to fly a DJI drone on or near any government installation or military base to warn users that they may be able to buy it and not fly it.  There are shotgun cartridges that contain nets capable of bringing down drones at normal flight elevations.  Some people are comparing this to the actions against Kaspersky, but rather than speculation, the DJI problem is verified.

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18 hours ago, straycat19 said:

It is illegal to fly a DJI drone on or near any government installation or military base.

Perfectly normal.:coolwink:

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30 minutes ago, Ryrynz said:

Destroy them? Dafuq? Talk about wasteful.. Why not just resell them? Jesus... Fucking governments man..

News is was a month old when it was posted ..Who would buy USA reject drones none of the allies would that's for sure.

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