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Drone maker DJI in cyber-security row over bug bounty

Drone maker DJI in cyber-security row over bug bounty

Technology
Drone maker DJI has accused a cyber-security researcher of hacking its servers.Kevin Finisterre claims that he accessed confidential customer data after finding a private key publicly posted on code-sharing site Github.He approached the firm, which offers a "bug bounty" reward of up to $ 30,000 (£23,000) for security weaknesses discovered in its systems.DJI said the server access was "unauthorised".The data Mr Finisterre was able to see included "unencrypted flight logs, passports, drivers licences and identification cards", he said.Despite initially offering him the money, in a statement DJI has now accused Mr Finisterre of refusing to agree to the terms of its bug bounty programme "which are designed to protect confidential data and allow time for analysis and resolution of a vulnerabili
Drone footage captures apocalyptic aftermath of ISIS in Raqqa

Drone footage captures apocalyptic aftermath of ISIS in Raqqa

World
Though victory has been declared in the battle against ISIS in the Syrian city of Raqqa, drone footage and photos show a city decimated by a months-long siege and years of civil war. Syrian Democratic Forces celebrated their hard-won victory around Naim Square, which was where ISIS fighters once carried out public beheadings and executions during their occupation of the city. Also known as "Paradise Square," it had been a symbol of brutality when Raqqa was the "capital" of ISIS's self-declared caliphate. Now, the once-vibrant metropolis of 200,000 people has been left in ruins following fighting that began during the Syrian uprising and escalated with the arrival of ISIS in late 2013. The battle to retake Raqqa began on June 6, following heavy airstrikes by U.S. forces. In the past few...
Scientists study whale's blow hole microbes with the help of a drone

Scientists study whale's blow hole microbes with the help of a drone

Science
Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Scientists have for the first time surveyed the unique community of microorganisms -- the microbiome -- living inside the blowhole of a humpback whale. They did so with the help of a six-rotor hexacopter.Researchers with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution used a custom-built drone to collect blow samples, the moist breath exhaled by whales, from 17 humpbacks off the coast of Cape Cod and from nine humpbacks swimming near Canada's Vancouver Island. The scientists sequenced the genetic material found in the blow samples to identify the microbes living in each whale's respiratory tract."We were using the drone to take aerial images of the whales, so that we could assess body conditions," NOAA researcher John Durban said in a news release. "Because of the stable flight p...
Lockheed Martin to invest in Submaran S10 submersible drone

Lockheed Martin to invest in Submaran S10 submersible drone

Business
Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin is investing in Ocean Aero alongside Teledyne Technologies for the development of the Submaran unmanned maritime vehicle.The Submaran S10 is an autonomous unmanned submarine that is powered by solar and wind energy, giving it virtually unlimited endurance and letting it operate for months at a time. It can raise a small sail that can propel it at over 5 knots to conserve power."Ocean Aero represents the next generation of environmentally powered, autonomous ocean systems," said Chris Moran, executive director and general manager of Lockheed Martin Ventures. "Our investment will allow us to better respond to customers' maritime needs with technology solutions for a diverse set of missions."The Submaran can mount a sophisticated suite of sensors for long-ter...
UK to bring in drone registration

UK to bring in drone registration

Technology
The UK government has announced plans to introduce drone registration and safety awareness courses for owners of the small unmanned aircraft. It will affect anyone who owns a drone which weighs more than 250 grams (8oz).Drone maker DJI said it was in favour of the measures.There is no time frame or firm plans as to how the new rules will be enforced and the Department of Transport admitted that "the nuts and bolts still have to be ironed out".The drone safety awareness test will involve potential flyers having to "prove that they understand UK safety, security and privacy regulations", it said.The plans also include the extension of geo-fencing, in which no-fly zones are programmed into drones using GPS co-ordinates, around areas such as prisons and airports.'Protect the public'"Our measur...