Drones have truly changed some of our lives, such as for filmmakers, who are now able to capture dramatic sequences for their movies without the major cost of a
ways in which UAV’s can be (and have been) used as tools for criminals:
Most individuals are now aware that they need to be extra vigilant when using ATM’s: that they need to shield their PIN number and so forth, but a couple of years ago, a drone was spotted hovering and filming people standing at an ATM in Northern Ireland. Once the drone was noticed, however, the operator quickly flew the drone away and in doing so, collided with a passing taxi. The suspect was made to pay the taxi owner for the damage their drone had caused, but ultimately the police couldn’t prove that the video footage had been taken with criminal intent.
Smuggling drugs and other contraband into prisons:
Drugs have always been smuggled into prisons, and often by means that don’t bear thinking about, but with the commercial availability of drones these days, recent attempts to smuggle drugs over the prison walls have been a little less foul. In a correctional facility in Ohio, heroin, marijuana, and tobacco was strapped to a drone that was then sent flying over the walls, to be picked up by a prisoner. However, once the drone dropped its’ package, a huge fight broke out among the prisoners, with one individual grabbing the package and throwing it over a fence into the recreational yard. Correctional officers struggled to control the fight and had to strip-search close to 200 inmates to locate the drugs.
Drone technology that can hack into Wi-Fi networks:
While drones that can hack is not a new concept, a drone developed by a security consulting firm can gain unauthorized access to various kinds of Wi-Fi networks. It has been named the ‘danger drone’ and is a Raspberry Pi computer that has been loaded with hacking software and attached to a kit-built drone body. The device can be configured to receive its’ signals using cell towers, and this type of use of a drone, can make the process more discreet for hackers, and put them at less risk of getting caught.
Helping robbers and thieves:
Last year in a village in the south of England, a drone was spotted hovering in the vicinity for several days in a row, and a few days after the drone was sighted, a home was broken into. Naturally, this led local people to be suspicious of the drone, and to suspect that it had been used to stake out potential homes to break into and rob.
In recent years there have been repeated concerns about drones being used to help thieves enter homes and steal things, or to spy on individuals, and with drones so readily available and relatively affordable, incidents such as this are not likely to lessen.
Like most things in life, drones can be used for good, and they can be manipulated and used for erroneous purposes, but with drones set to stick around for the foreseeable future, we’ll just have to find new and better ways of dealing with, and preventing drone related crimes.