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DJI not consulted about US Army's decision to ban its drones

People's Daily Online

(People's Daily Online) 17:10, August 07, 2017

DJI responded US Army's ban on using its drones due to cyber vulnerabilities on Sunday, saying they were not consulted during the decision and are still trying to reach out to U.S. Army about these so-called "cyber vulnerabilities."

DJI is the world's largest manufacturer of civilian drones and is based in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province. A spokesperson for the company said they are willing to work with the U.S. military and other organizations to assess possible security issues.

"We are surprised and disappointed to read reports of the U.S. Army's unprompted restriction on DJI drones as we were not consulted during their decision. We are happy to work directly with any organization, including the U.S. Army, that has concerns about our management of cyber issues," he said.

The U.S. Army released a memo on Aug. 5 ordering service members to cease all use of DJI products due to unspecified "operational risks," noting that the drones are the Army's "most widely used non-program of record commercial off-the-shelf UAS," said United Press International.

DJI said there was still no response from the U.S. Army.

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