Popular Mechanics (South Africa)



Drones are remarkable devices. They’ve changed healthcare by delivering muchneeded medication to remote areas. In agricultur­e, they’re equipped with sensors to monitor crops to ultimately help farmers better understand their fields. But drones are also potentiall­y dangerous, especially when it comes to privacy. The reality is that as with any electronic device, drones can be hacked. Once a drone has been located, a hacker can potentiall­y take control of it, or downlink video or other images that are being broadcast.

‘Though a drone flying over your house and taking photos might be annoying, the privacy of your back garden is not always the biggest concern – drone security issues go much further than that,’ says Lehan van den Heever from Kaspersky in Africa, a global cybersecur­ity and antivirus provider with offices worldwide. ‘Drones can be hacked or used to hack other electronic devices. A hacker does not even need their own drone – they could hack yours in several ways to make it serve their own purposes. The sound of an out-of-control drone with a chainsaw attached to it is something nobody wants to hear…’

Kaspersky’s supercool Antidrone solution uses a neural network to detect and classify drones in automatic mode. Sensors selected specifical­ly for each site in combinatio­n with artificial intelligen­ce-based technology signal that a drone is approachin­g the controlled zone.


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