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Drone Forensics

Written by DFM Team

Drone Forensics

The growing use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) (a.k.a. Drones) creates new forensic challenges and opportunities for investigators.”  As the Internet of things (IoT) continues to evolve, these devices and platforms will come in a wide array of shapes and sizes, including systems found in motor vehicles.

The popularity of small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) {a.k.a. Drones} has been surging for several years now among both hobbyists and professionals in a range of industries, producing stunning videography, superb survey maps, and an increasing tempo of interference with manned aircraft operations. 

 

But this growth has brought risks and threats as well. Malicious actors ranging from ISIS to drug cartels to local criminal organizations have also adopted these highly flexible and capable aircraft for their purposes. ISIS used off-the-shelf UAVs as early as 2014. A BBC article [1] suggests that Her Majesty's Prisons first saw drones overhead in 2013.  A blog article[2] states that Mexican drug cartels were researching home built drones for drug deliveries in 2013 as well.

Her Majesty’s Prisons reportedly investigated more than 160 drone-related incidents in the last eighteen months and a heavy lift consumer drone delivered 13kg of methamphetamines in California late last year.  A weaponized DJI Mavic was captured from a Mexican drug cartel months later.

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