Criminals used a drone swarm to disrupt an FBI hostage rescue

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In Technology news from Engadget and Defense One

Criminals used a drone swarm to disrupt an FBI hostage rescue

The FBI’s Joe Mazel told a crowd at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Xponential conference this week about a particularly organized gang that used drones to interfere with a hostage situation last winter. As Defense One reports, a swarm of small drones descended on an FBI hostage team, performing “high-speed low passes” in an effort “to flush them” from their position. “We were then blind,” Mazel added.

Surveillance is a big part of it. Criminals have taken to watching police stations to identify witnesses and other friends of the law, as well as casing out facilities to find security holes they may be able to exploit in a robbery. A group in Australia uses drones to watch port authority staff. If they get too close to one of the gang’s contraband-filled shipping containers, a fire or theft report is called in to redirect attention. Border scouts and drug mule drones continue to be a problem, too. Just a few months ago, Chinese law enforcement said they’d shut down a smartphone smuggling ring that was responsible for illegally transporting nearly $80 million in handsets.

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