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Companies look for ways to hack rogue drones and bring them down

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If an unwanted drone suddenly flies onto your property or business and won’t go away, what should you do?

More to the point, what can you do?

As drones get increasingly sophisticated (smaller, quieter, harder to detect) and have an even greater ability to probe into your private business, companies are investigating ways they can combat unwanted aerial intruders and remove them from the skies.

The threat posed by rogue drones?

Besides the obvious privacy concerns of having drones all up in your business, they may also represent a security risk. Consumer drones can be fitted with weapons fairly easily and we already know that ISIS have plotted to carry out terrorist attacks using everyday UAVs. Given that drones are getting better at flying undetected, airlines, transport companies and really any company concerned with safety and security will need to be wary of the risks associated with UAVs going forward.

Conventional solutions to taking out rogue drones

Call the police?

In the first instance, this is your best bet. However, if you do dial the coppers, if they show up for a trespassing drone (and that’s not guaranteed, they’ve got other things on their plate) by the time they arrive the drone might have taken off.

Say the police actually witness a drone flying around your property, they are still unlikely to immediately prosecute the pilot. The naughty blighter will most probably get off with a warning, if not, a fine.

Throw something at them

The sight of a perving drone would cause many people to grab whatever projectiles they have available and hurl them attempting to knock it out of the sky. However, unless you are a badass baseball player, your loose slipper will likely struggle to hit any flying craft that are hovering over your place. If you do manage to strike it: well done!

Shoot them

Please – do not do this. Even if you own a gun, pulling out a weapon and wantonly discharging it is almost never a good plan. One can understand the inclination to take out an unwanted craft on your property but for the majority of people, using a deadly weapon is just too much of a risk when trying to rid yourself of a pesky drone.

Deploy your eagle?

Although anti-drone birds-of-prey are quite simply totally awesome, I feel safe in saying that there are very few people in the US who are well-versed in the art of falconry. That being said, wouldn’t it be cool if more companies had trained eagles?

If none of these solutions quite hit the mark, how are big companies fighting back?

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