Homeland Security claims DJI drones are spying for China

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  1. hmscott

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    Homeland Security claims DJI drones are spying for China
    It released a memo detailing what it believes to be DJI’s main targets.
    https://www.engadget.com/2017/11/30/homeland-security-claims-dji-drones-spying-china/

    "A memo from the Los Angeles office of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau (ICE) has been making the rounds and it states some pretty bold claims about drone-maker DJI. The memo, which was apparently issued in August, says that the officials assess "with moderate confidence that Chinese-based company DJI Science and Technology is providing US critical infrastructure and law enforcement data to the Chinese government." The LA ICE office also says that the information is based on, "open source reporting and a reliable source within the unmanned aerial systems industry with first and secondhand access."
    Part of the memo focuses on targets that the LA ICE office believes to be of interest to DJI. "DJI's criteria for selecting accounts to target appears to focus on the account holder's ability to disrupt critical infrastructure," it said. The memo goes on to say that DJI is particularly interested in infrastructure like railroads and utilities, companies that provide drinking water as well as weapon storage facilities. The LA ICE office concludes that it, "assesses with high confidence the critical infrastructure and law enforcement entities using DJI systems are collecting sensitive intelligence that the Chinese government could use to conduct physical or cyber attacks against the United States and its population."

    The accusation that DJI is using its drones to spy on the US and scope out particular facilities for the Chinese government seems pretty wacky and the company itself told the New York Times that the memo was "based on clearly false and misleading claims."

    But this isn't the first time that the US government has butted heads with DJI. In August, a US Army memo directed its members to immediately stop using all DJI products due to cybersecurity concerns -- something that theAustralian Defense Force also did temporarily. Shortly thereafter, DJI released its Local Data Mode, which allows users to cut off drones from all internet activity. And there have been some legitimate security vulnerabilities brought up in regards to DJI's systems. But the idea that one of DJI's main goals is to spy on the US seems pretty absurd.

    In a statement to the New York Times regarding the ICE memo, DJI said, "The allegations in the bulletin are so profoundly wrong as a factual matter that ICE should consider withdrawing it, or at least correcting its unsupportable assertions.""
    US Army calls for units to discontinue use of DJI equipment
    https://www.suasnews.com/2017/08/us-army-calls-units-discontinue-use-dji-equipment/
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    "According to a U.S. Army memo obtained by sUAS News, the U.S. Army Research Lab and U.S. Navy have concluded that there are operational risks associated with DJI equipment, a move that was run up the flag pole last month but kept under wraps.

    Speaking to sUAS News via e-mail, DJI’s Public Relations Manager, Michael Perry said:

    We are surprised and disappointed to read reports of the U.S. Army’s unprompted restriction on DJI drones as we were not consulted during their decision. We are happy to work directly with any organization, including the U.S. Army, that has concerns about our management of cyber issues.

    We’ll be reaching out to the U.S. Army to confirm the memo and to understand what is specifically meant by ‘cyber vulnerabilities’.

    Update – A U.S. Army spokesperson had the following to say via e-mail:

    “We can confirm that guidance was issued; however, we are currently reviewing the guidance and cannot comment further at this time.”

    Three weeks ago we ran a special show to highlight concerns being raised by cyber security experts:

    Drone Data Security
     
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    Doesn't surprise me at all. Like how I already assume this chinese mech keyboard is recording each keystroke I input. I own a P3A and a Spark from DJI and you just gotta assume they're doing stuff like this when its so locked down and restricted but its weird that none of the early dji modders spotted anything funny going on. I guess that's why its still just a claim at the time.
     
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    Did you scan through the video?
     
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  5. Fishon

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    Sound like a bit of a misleading title. It was open to everyone (for hackers to find vulnerabilities) if you believe what they say here.
     
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    Given how DJI has treated their customers, that’s a good enough reason not to buy from them even ignoring any spying claims.
     
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    what's up with their customer service?
     
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