On January 26, 2015, a small drone crashed on the lawn of the White House. While this incident seems to have just been an accident, it begins to show just how easily drones can fly into highly restricted areas.
IN THE WRONG HANDS, DRONES CAN BE DEADLY!
Unfortunately, there is an entire segment of society who use drones as tools for criminal and terrorist activities. Criminals use drones to illegally hack into computers by landing a drone on or near a target network, and using “man-in-the middle” technology to intercept mobile phone and computer network communications.
Even people that do not necessarily belong to a criminal gang or terrorist group use drones for illegal activities. For example, individuals use small drones to try to smuggle drugs, cell phones, and other contraband into prisons all over the world. Though some of these attempts are discovered and thwarted, a vast majority of this type of smuggling activity goes unnoticed by law enforcement.
DRONE HELPS INMATE ESCAPE MAXIMUM SECURITY PRISON
According to South Carolina Department of Corrections officials, a South Carolina inmate escaped from a maximum-security prison using wire cutters that were apparently flown into the prison yard by a drone. South Carolina Corrections Director Bryan Stirling stated investigators believe a drone was used to fly in the tools that allowed the inmate to escape. The escaped inmate used a cell phone and other tools delivered by a drone to help coordinate his escape. The escaped inmate was recaptured in Austin Texas two days later.
TIJUANA TO CALIFORNIA METH DELIVERY DRONE
A drone carrying approximately 6 pounds of methamphetamine departed from a parking lot in Tijuana Mexico, en-route to the U.S. side of the border in Southern California. The drone crashed just before crossing the U.S. border. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration stated they are aware of over 150 separate instances of this type of activity happening at the U.S. Mexico border in San Ysidro.
80,000 VOLT FLYING DRONE STUN GUN
At the 2014 SXSW convention in Austin Texas, a software developer unveiled his latest invention, the CUPID (Chaotic Unmanned Personal Intercept Drone). The CUPID is armed with an 80,000-volt electrical stun gun, can sense motion, and could be used to “stun” home intruders.
These are just a few examples of how criminals and others use commercial drones in nefarious and illegal ways.