The war of the machines: The troubling prospect of deep learning malware & drone swarms

An employee working in a startup in China, SwarmEe, that specialises in making drone swarms that can be used for policing and security, receives an interesting email on her phone. It is a book signing at a nearby bookshop by one of her favourite authors – one she’d been dreaming of meeting for a long time. Clicking on the email on her personal phone, unknown to her, a malicious script switches on her Bluetooth and begins communicating with the air-gapped terminal she is using to work on the drone’s firmware. A year before, the engineering team building the drone’s terminal control software was the subject of a social engineering attack that added an additional backdoor port that went undetected. Using that backdoor, the malware in the phone now pushes a little script into the drone software. Two years later, one of the top governments in the world is using a SwarmEe drone swarm as part of its security screening process during a big event: with a camera feed from all the drones and an AI system in the backend constantly looking for threats in the crowds of a big speech from the country’s prime minister. Unknown, however, the drone swarm is relaying key information to an unauthorised location. Continue> #drone#drones #uav #uas #DroneExpert #Tech #DroneOperator #Aviation #MultiRotor #Quadcopter #sUAS #Rpas #DroneSwarm #AI

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