The improvement in technology is a great achievement unless it puts human life in danger. The recent innovation in the tech world is massive, and it has eased our lives to a certain extent. But as said everything good comes with something bad, the recent explosion of IoT devices has attracted hackers from all across the world. Companies are busy manufacturing more and more number IoT devices while compromising the security protocols.
Recently, an unknown flying drone compelled Gatwick Airport authorities to close the runway twice on Sunday. Most flights had to divert the flights to Bournemouth, causing inconvenience to clients who had to land on Gatwick. According to the General Manager of Gatwick Airport, “Unconfirmed reports of a drone sighted led to runway suspension for a total of minutes. Operations are fully resumed, and police are investigating”.
Even though the runway was only closed for 14 minutes, more than ten flights were obliged to land on the nearby airports, nearest of which was 114 miles away. UK Airprox Board confirmed that more than seventy unknown drones were spotted near the airport in 2016, and the number may rise in 2017. Most UAV owners are neglecting the rules set by the government, and flying their drones more than 400 feet higher.
Flight safety specialists have also notified that such incidents can be catastrophic. If such devices collide with an airplane, chances are, hundreds of people might lose their life. Hence, security measures must be stepped up for such cases. And, what if the device gets hacked and remotely controlled by others. Such incidents can pose a significant threat, and should not be taken lightly.
Unless manufacturers start prioritizing drones security, it’s best to prohibit them in residential areas. Most have reported that such devices are vulnerable to external cyber-attacks. If it continues to happen, it will result in much greater threat than just careless drone flights – Dronejacking.