How to shoot down a flying consumer drone

The use of consumer drones for various purposes is on the rise in Nigeria and other parts of the world. The rapid proliferation of these drones is viewed by security experts around the world as a growing potential threat to privacy and security. Wired magazine listed consumer drones as one of the biggest security threats coming in 2017. As they get cheaper and easier to obtain, new security risks are beginning to emerge. Interestingly, counter drone technologies are also on the rise in response to fears over their malicious use. The following are some of the latest available countermeasures:

SkyWall 100: The SkyWall 100 is a shoulder-mounted compressed-gas gun designed to physically stop unwanted flying drones. According to information from the U.K based manufacturer – OpenWorks Engineering, the SkyWall concept is based on three simple steps:

  • Physically deliver a counter-measure up to the target
  • Capture the unwanted drone in a net
  • Land it safely with a parachute

Here is the YouTube video

DroneDefender: The DroneDefender from Battelle Memorial Institute, USA, is basically a radio jammer built to look like an assault rifle. When the trigger is pulled, the Defender floods the target drone with crushing radio signals on all the frequencies used by the consumer drone (such as GPS, Bluetooth, unregulated 2.4GHz & 5GHz frequency bands and FM & UHF bands), cutting it off from the pilot. With no decipherable signal from the remote controller, the drone automatically comes to a halt. Here is the YouTube video. The weapon was recently deployed to fight ISIS in Iraq.

Falcon Shield: The Falcon Shield from Selex ES locates rogue drones via a blend of conventional techniques. Once the drone is located, Falcon immediately hijacks the video feed, tracks down the pilot or even shoot down the drone if necessary. Here is the YouTube video.

Maldrone: A security researcher Rahul Sasi has developed a malware for drones, known as Maldrone. The malware is designed to work across drone types. The malware hijacks target drones by remotely infecting the underlying software. Thereafter, it shuts off the autopilot, causing the drone to crash.

Trained Eagles: Early last year, it was reported that Dutch police are training eagles to capture and take out consumer drones that might pose a risk to public safety. A video released by the Dutch National Police Corps shows an eagle snatching a drone out of the sky and disabling it.

 


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