The FBI's Joe Mazel told a crowd at the AUVSI Xponential conference this week about a particularly organized gang that used drones to interfere with a hostage situation last winter. As Defense One reports, a swarm of small drones
descended on an FBI hostage team, performing "high-speed low passes" in
an effort "to flush them" from their position. "We were then blind,"
The drones weren't just used to disorientate the FBI, though.
According to Mazel, they were the crew's eyes in the sky, pushing video
to YouTube so the wider group could keep tabs on the FBI's movements.
This was an organized operation, too. Apparently, the drones were
brought into the area specifically to disrupt the FBI's rescue efforts.
Other specifics of the incident remain "law-enforcement sensitive,"
Mazel said, but this is just one of many more elaborate ways drones are now being used by criminals.
Surveillance is a big part of it. Criminals have taken to watching
police stations to identify witnesses and other friends of the law, as
well as casing out facilities to find security holes they may be able to
exploit in a robbery.
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Like any useful tool, drones can be used for good or bad. It takes rational laws to help avoid the bad.