DJI (Da-Jiang Innovation Corporation) is a Chinese firm based in Shenzhen, Goldman Sachs and Oppenheimer estimated in 2016 that DJI had about 70 percent share of the global commercial and consumer drone market.
In the memo, soldiers are also ordered to remove all batteries and storage media from their DJI drones and await further instructions.
“Due to increased awareness of cyber vulnerabilities associated with DJI products, it is directed that the US Army halt use of all DJI products,” states the memo.
DJI disappointed to read about the alleged ban of the US Army of using DJI drones.
DJI’s Public Relations Manager, Michael Perry, sent the following email to sUAS News:
“We are surprised and disappointed to read reports of the U.S. Army’s unprompted restriction on DJI drones as we were not consulted during their decision. We are happy to work directly with any organization, including the U.S. Army, that has concerns about our management of cyber issues.”
“We’ll be reaching out to the U.S. Army to confirm the memo and to understand what is specifically meant by ‘cyber vulnerabilities’.”
A U.S. Army spokesperson confirmed that the memo was issued and added that they are currently reviewing it.
The DJI made the headlines in April 2016 when the company received the pressure of the Chinese government to gain access to the data collected by its drones, included telemetry, GPS location data, flight records and possibly video shot by users and uploaded to its servers.
Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer.
Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US.
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Author of the Books "The Deep Dark Web" and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.