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Data-Thieving Drones

And you thought only the NSA was snooping at your window. Forget, for the moment, the

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drone /UAV aspect of this story. Consider that the technology for hacking your Wi-Fi network exists in great abundance, and data-thieves everywhere would love to get a peek at your network data streams. Imagine a world where the guy a few booths over inside your favorite coffee hangout is a

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Quad Copter Project

A colleague at work builds multi-rotor copters. His latest creations utilize 4 rotors, carry cameras, and dive into the ocean. Well, that last bit about the ocean was an impromptu trick his tri-copter attempted. The up-side-down video from under water, of him approaching and retrieving the thing from a tidal pool, was hilarious.

I used to build R/C ships. Taking a plan drawing and converting it into production schematics was

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The Latest on the Micro-Drone Stage

The logical direction of the development of miniature UAVs is:

Smaller packages Heavier payloads per pound Greater surveillance capabilities Reduced cost Simpler Operation Automated mission profiles and possible networked “swarms”

Here are some articles along those lines.

From Britain, a tome on terrorist usage of armed miniatures.

Regulating miniature drones.

Who gets to fly drones?

Waves of drones on the way, and what it might mean.

The Private Drones

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Defending Against Drones

Got a wild hair tonight, and decided I’d do a quick and filthy search on drone defense techniques. A lot of links came up, and here are a few of them for your review. Some have nothing to do with conducting counter measures work against infiltrators and criminals, but they include interesting thoughts nonetheless.

So, in no particular order of interest or importance….

Stealth Hoodies РPersonal Thermal Masking.  http://ahprojects.com/projects/stealth-wear

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A Defense Against Drones - Galt's Engine

Rendering drones surveillance null and void via modern tech in the hands of “ordinary” citizens. Sound implausible? An Oregon company intends to make drone eye-in-the-sky defense available to the public. That’s right. To YOU. “Domestic Drone Countermeasures” claims to intend selling equipment that will make it impossible for drones to “complete their mission” by disabling their mission capabilities. (Post Edit: Method at the end)

From their splash page…

“Many different,

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A Brief History of Drones, by John Sifton

Here is an article published in Feb 2012, just over a year ago. It makes for good reading.

http://www.thenation.com/article/166124/brief-history-drones

It was ten years ago this month, on February 4, 2002, that the CIA first used an unmanned Predator drone in a targeted killing. The strike was in Paktia province in Afghanistan, near the city of Khost. The intended target was Osama bin Laden, or at least someone in the CIA

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