drones may be sending sensitive flight data to their manufacturers in
China, where it can be accessed by the government there, the US
Department of Homeland Security warned in an alert issued Monday
obtained by CNN. The
drones are a 'potential risk to an organization's information,' the
alert from DHS's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
Well, duh. You know, I hope, as a DJI user that your flight information and your videos are kept by DJI. It's not a very big step in China for a company to share such information with the government.
As a Spark user, I realize this but figure my videos and flights would just be noise to any government snoops.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
"Tracy Michael Mapes, 56, of North Highlands, in Sacramento County, was charged Tuesday with violating temporary flight restrictions in national defense airspace at two National Football League games on Nov. 26, 2017.
According to an affidavit attached to a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Mapes flew a drone that dropped the flyers on spectators at a game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara."
I'm happy they caught this guy. Apparently the cops just followed the drone to the operator.