Pentagon suspends commercial drone purchases and use


The commercial quadcopter is a small computer with rotors. Cheap, versatile, and adapted for everything from peacetime wedding photography to battlefield improvised explosive device, quadcopters open up the possibility of aerial scouting and attacks to any military, uniformed or otherwise, with a few hundred dollars and the ability to charge batteries.

Behind that low cost is a price deemed unacceptable, at least at present, to the Pentagon: all those flying computers, the overwhelming majority of which are made in China, could be a vector for cybersecurity risk.

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Source:  C4ISR Net