The U.S. Department of the Interior has grounded its fleet of non-emergency drones and halted the use of their associated equipment and software while it checks for cybersecurity issues.
The Chinese made drones, which number about 800 according to published reports, are being grounded not for any specific cybersecurity vulnerability, but to give the Interior Department time to assess any potential security threat.
“Secretary [David] Bernhardt issued a Secretary’s Order today, affirming the temporary cessation of non-emergency drones while we ensure that cybersecurity, technology and domestic production concerns are adequately addressed,” said DOI spokesperson Carol Danko.
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