A teen accused of posting videos of a weaponised-drone including a pistol and flamethrower, is now suing the University that expelled him for wrongful termination.
Remember the video of the drone with an attached pistol, handling recoil like a boss? Yeah, same guy.
Austin Haughwout has again gained social media notriety for allegedly posting a second video of a weaponized-drone, this time with an attached flamethrower, roasting a turkey. While slightly less militaristic compared to his previous video, it sure is a worrying sight.
Most surprisingly, a lot of drone news as of late has involved fire-fighting drones used for spotting and putting out forest fires. It seems the exact opposite is true, with drones able to set fire to almost anything remotely and with deadly accuracy.
Barely a month ago Austin and his father were ordered to give information about their weaponised-drones to the authorities. Being a DIY-style project, it can only be imagined the kind of power and nefarious potential weaponised-drone might have if produced by a small team, company or nation state.
While Austin has not been convicted of any wrongdoing by local state police, a state judge acted on the investigation by the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) by demanding the handover of documents and money earned via youtube in relation to the videos and weapons.
In his defence, Austin, 19, claims his notoriety and following expulsion from Central Connecticut state University were linked. However, this was refuted by CCSU in an argument that the termination of study was due to alleged threats of shooting people. Austin denied the claims, which his lawyer believes were misinterpreted jokes and protected under free speech laws.
The threat of remote attacks is increased when DIY drones using off-the-shelf parts can be assembled and purposed with such precision and accuracy. Most custom drones lack the geo-fencing software installed in commercially-sold drones which automatically deter the drone from entering pre-determined areas, such as the white house. By modifying the parts of the drone, detection by current anti-drone solutions may prove a hard issue to tackle.
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