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Utility Security : March 2024

In July 2020, someone fitted a DJI drone with two long ropes; both ropes had a long copper wire tied to it's end. That person then attempted to fly the drone into a substation in Pennsylvania. Through luck or perhaps operator error, the drone never reached the substation, instead crashing onto the roof of an adjacent building. But as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security reported, this effort was done with the intent to disrupt the grid. Since then, we've seen the use of drones in military conflicts overseas ramp up considerably, including an instance where Ukraine sent drones into Russia and used them to drop explosives on a substation.


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