‘Quadcopter’ crashes onto The White House grounds poses security threat

by Ben Fisher

Posted on January 26, 2015

The White House was put on high alert today as a drone was flown at low altitude onto the south-east side of the complex. A secret service spokesperson said “An investigation is under way to determine the origin of this commercially available device, motive, and to identify suspects”. It’s been reported that the drone was a 2ft long quadcopter and wasn’t carrying a dangerous payload.

One reporter from The Associated Press tweeted:

While drones are posing a security threat in the wrong hands. There are some simple ways to protect against the everyday off-the shelve drones that are available on the market. Two of the best ways to do this is ‘jamming’ or ‘hacking’ which involves intercepting the control links from the operator and either taking control or disabling the device completely. Another possibility is interference with the drones GPS receiver unit making it ‘think’ it is in a different location than it is. The final might be an actual intercept of the drone, you could possibly use another drone to do this therefore capturing any dangerous payload in the process. Alternatively, you can bring in tighter regulation for the manufacturers to control such threats and develop safety measures directly into the platforms. What today illustrates is that we certainly need to be considering the implications of not just how we can use drones but how we can protect against rogue drones too.

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