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    Veteran Member Micro Machines Champion, Race Against Time Champion Tedminator's Avatar
    Jun 2010

    South Florida

    Got a drone? You might be spying for China.

    Popular drone in the US government and civilian market might be spying for China. USArmy already stopped using it.

    Drone Maker D.J.I. May Be Sending Data to China, U.S. Officials Say

    SHANGHAI — D.J.I., the popular drone maker, stands as a symbol of China’s growing technology prowess. Its propeller-powered machines dominate global markets and buzz regularly over beaches, cityscapes at sunset and increasingly, power plants and government installations.

    Now D.J.I. is fighting a claim by one United States government office that its commercial drones and software may be sending sensitive information about American infrastructure back to China, in the latest clash over the power of data in the growing technological rivalry between the two countries. It also shows how consumer technology companies have become increasingly central to debates about national security.

    The company, formally named Da Jiang Innovations Science and Technology Company, put out a statement this month contesting the allegations made in a dispatch from United States customs officials. The memo, from the Los Angeles office of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau, was dated in August but had begun to circulate online more recently.

    It said officials had “moderate confidence” that the D.J.I.’s commercial drones and software are “providing U.S. critical infrastructure and law enforcement data to the Chinese government.” It cited what it called a reliable source, who it did not identify, in the drone industry “with first and secondhand access.”

    In a statement, D.J.I. said the report was “based on clearly false and misleading claims.”

    Engine-Ear ...say, didn't you get a drone a year ago? It's not a DJI, is it?
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    Veteran Member bmanmcfly's Avatar
    Oct 2014

    That's the thing with chipsets, even common chipsets used in PCs have been found to have undocumented or secret functions hidden within...

    It is completely possible that they would attempt to make an Internet connection to send data.

    Ultimately, you would have to reverse engineer the device top to bottom in the attempt to figure it out.

    There's so much spyware in everything, I would not be surprised.

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