The Department of the Interior is expected to ground nearly 1,000 drones in the near term.
So if some one hacks your drone does that mean they take control and fly it away from you. Then what they look at mostly bad and some good video that you shot of the church,field,house,creek,train track,street,river,bay,creek,hill,valley near where you live ?
I don’t get it ? Please enlighten ....
Given you can put your controller/phone into flight mode and still fly, then securely download any imagery or whatever from the memory card, and that you can download firmware updates for offline application as well, there's absolutely no need for a drone to ever be either directly online or connected to a device that is. There is a corner case where a foreign operative using something like Aeroscope might be able to eavesdrop on Drone-RC comms while a drone is in operation, but that would entail being within range (possibly extended via the use of a parabolic antenna) of the drone and/or RC.I think the issue is if DJI has 70% of the market share and a lot of drones are used by Federal agencies. If a foreign government (China) has access to the video of the drones used by the US government, they can see what the government sees, and know what the US government is interested in. That is valuable information to a competing power. It may seem trivial to most, but there are gold nuggets of data in what may be terabytes of video. That's how electronic intelligence works.
The question is, is it a real threat.
Not boards. I design them for military, I know. Many chips are made in pacific rim, e.g. Malaysia, but I don’t recall any from fabs in China.Guess where the US get most, if nor all, the printed circuit boards and chips for their military hardware.
Perhaps the powers that be should direct their paranoia a little closer to home!