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Drone Tracks Down Stolen Boat

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A DJI Phantom drone has been used to track down a boat when two friends noticed some thugs had made off with their speedboat.

Two teenage boys, Chris Harris and a friend, visiting from the San Francisco Bay Area, were staying at their family’s vacation home on Camano Island in Washington. On the Tuesday evening of their arrival they tied their boat to a buoy.

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The stolen family boat recovered by help of local authorities

The following morning at around 11 a.m., they awoke to hear suspicious motor-boat sounds coming from the Saratoga Passage, where they had tied their boat the previous night.

After looking out their window, they saw the suspects attempting to steal the boat by tying it to another speedboat. Both Chris and his friend started shouting at the alleged thieves and the suspects took off along with the family’s boat.

The two were shocked. “Nobody steals boats out here,” Chris says.

As the boat was being stolen Chris’ friend, Nick, called 911. Meanwhile, Chris pulled out the secret weapon that would bring the family boat back to them: a drone.

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The teenager was able to follow the thieves before handing off the search to authorities (YOUTUBE)

“The drone was given to me as a graduation gift from my parents for making honor roll,” Chris said.

It is a “DJI Phantom with a 4K camera on it,” he added.

“I started chasing them,” Harris tells. “I was flying about 50 feet above.”

Chris’ drone had no problem catching up to the perpetrators. Eventually after chasing the stolen boat the drone ran out of range, but their chase allowed the teenagers to inform law enforcement which way the boat was heading.

Police watched the video from the drone and figured the likely direction that the boat was heading, according to Sgt. Scott Fague of Camano Island Sheriff’s Department.

The two suspects, who were not named by authorities, were caught as they arrived at the presumed area where the officials were waiting. The boat was returned to its rightful owners.

“There’s good things and bad things about drones, but if you use them properly, then it’s a positive,” Chris says.

Authorities called this a “highly unique and very interesting case.”

 

WEAPONISED-DRONE: US teen punished for building flamethrower drone

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Video footage showed the weaponised-drone armed with a flamethrower, roasting a turkey

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.


See more discussion at:

Man who built gun drone, flamethrower drone argues FAA can’t regulate him from nottheonion

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/07/creative-argument-that-faa-cant-regulate-drones-wont-fly-judge-rules/

Hacking a commercial drone via telemetry

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AR Drone 2.0 Hacking

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Pokemon GO Hacking via a Drone

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Not everything in the drone security world is scary. New ways of utilizing drones are becoming ever present, and often placing the power in the hands of the people! This man manages to cheat Pokemon GO with his DJI Phantom knock-off.

Hacking the parrot drone – DEFCON23

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The parrot drone hack as demonstrated at defcon 23 at the IOT Village.