US Army to Cease Use of DJI Products

August 7th, 2017
US Army to Cease Use of DJI Products

A memo from the US Army reveals a cease of use of DJI Products due to undisclosed “cyber vulnerabilities”.

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Unmanned Aviation site sUAS News recently reported about an obtained memo from the US Navy that called for the institution to halt its use of DJI products. According to the document, this measure comes as a result of an “increased awareness of cyber vulnerabilities associated with DJI products”, citing a memorandum from the Navy titled “Operational Risks with Regards to DJI Family of Products” as well as “DJI UAS Technology Threat and User Vulnerabilities”, a report from the Army Research Laboratory that remains classified.

Image Credit: sUAS News

It is unclear what exactly is implied by “cyber vulnerabilities”, leading DJI to have reportedly reached out to the US Army for clarification. A response from the Army confirmed the outcome of the memorandum, but refused to comment further.

DJI drones are not impervious to hacking, as we recently saw with the Russian company selling a hack to remove the DJI No Fly Zones restrictions. Perhaps they are also vulnerable to remote hacking by a third party, or maybe it has something to do with DJI’s data gathering. In any case, at this point it is all conjecture until DJI releases an official statement. It is worth mentioning, however, that DJI had been the most common off-the-shelf UAV products in use by the Army.

Via: sUAS News.

What kind of vulnerabilities do you think caused the US Army to drop DJI products? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Ira Syad
Ira Syad
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Shame, it is a Chinese company after all. I encourage American drone manufacturers to step up their game to take its place in the U.S. Army.

 Michael Nguyen
Michael Nguyen
MemberAugust 7th, 2017

every single part of the drone would need to be made in the USA. I don’t know any electronic not manufactured in asia. Especially all the electronic components.

Christopher Elliott
Christopher Elliott
GuestAugust 8th, 2017

There aren’t very many American Drone manufacturers that sell to the public. Most of them actually produce drones for the military and commercial use only.

James Lamberg
James Lamberg
GuestAugust 7th, 2017

I bet it has something to do with their atrocious customer service too

Dan Gianfrancesco
Dan Gianfrancesco
GuestAugust 7th, 2017

Literally 0 customer service and they don’t speak any fucking English. What the fuck DJI WAKE THE FUCK UP

 Francis Beton
Francis Beton
MemberAugust 8th, 2017

DJI has Local support in USA. Do you mean American can’t speak any English? LOL

Prince Bereka
Prince Bereka
GuestAugust 8th, 2017

What do you need customer service for? Just open the app and order. What are you gonna call in and ask how to fly it? I ordered batteries and new high altitude props for my inspire and it came in 5 days from Beijing. That’s some bad ass customer service

James Lamberg
James Lamberg
GuestAugust 8th, 2017

You need customer service for when your dji product inevitably breaks and they want to deny your warranty and charge you $600 for a repair because of a small scratch on the product.

Miguel Cornejo
Miguel Cornejo
GuestAugust 7th, 2017

Just make your own drone.

Christopher Elliott
Christopher Elliott
GuestAugust 8th, 2017

They do make their own drones. They use several different drones for different reasons.

Taylor Greenwalt
Taylor Greenwalt
GuestAugust 7th, 2017

lol Ricky Reeves

Ricky Reeves
Ricky Reeves
GuestAugust 7th, 2017

Lol. I’ve been following this closely from the inside. I “seent” it coming!

Josh John Barry
Josh John Barry
GuestAugust 8th, 2017

Dji is skynet and your dji product will turn on you when the machines rise. US army finally figured it out.

Steven Charles Ching
Steven Charles Ching
GuestAugust 8th, 2017

If they even have enough charge to turn on in the first place…

Josh John Barry
Josh John Barry
GuestAugust 8th, 2017

Lol true

Dinniko Ko
Dinniko Ko
GuestAugust 8th, 2017

Chinese drones are malware

 Austin White
Austin White
MemberAugust 8th, 2017

It’s been going on for awhile now. No DJI drone has been allowed on any base, due to the fact that DJI was collecting the data from it and handing it over to the Chinese government. We now just fly the Alta’s on for anything on bases.

Nebojsa Jokic
Nebojsa Jokic
GuestAugust 8th, 2017

And Russians are hacking DJI ???

Jim Kappel
Jim Kappel
GuestAugust 8th, 2017

Even a ronin? Or just drones?

 paolo baroni
paolo baroni
GuestAugust 9th, 2017

after all the issues of the new firmware v02.00.0106 for phantoms i can understand banning dji , drones suddenly disconnectedfrom rc or no video signal and crsashing into something…

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