A drone flying too close to Gatwick airport led to the disruption on a number of flights, Raj Samani, Chief Scientist and Fellow at McAfee commented below.

Raj Samani, Chief Scientist and Fellow at McAfee:

raj_samani“This drone was able to cause a huge amount of disruption in a short amount of time. While the authorities are still investigating the incident, the reality is that as drones continue to become more and more mainstream, drone regulation and security must be key priorities. The UK’s drone code was revised in November last year but drone flights are still causing major disruptions and endangering safety – as a result of both inappropriate use and, on occasion, being hijacked.

 Drones are typically very easy for anyone to access and control as they are designed to have a quick and easy setup, often using unencrypted communication and open ports. Unless manufacturers start prioritising drone security – building security in from the start and releasing patches if a software vulnerability is discovered – this technology will be left vulnerable to ‘dronejacking’, resulting in a much bigger security threat than careless drone flights.”

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