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About 10 years ago now, I recall discussing my concept of internal civil disobedience, and insurgency with another professional – question, ‘just how do you cause widespread chaos by none technical means?’ – answer = employ around 5 individuals, place them on a bridge London (or any other City) over a major feeder road/motorway early on a Monday morning, and spread a few boxes of nails. The resulting accidents, chaos, and logjammed traffic would be enough to impact the City, and all for just a few pounds! Agreed, this is a simplistic, none-technical attack, but just consider the real outcome. Now extrapolate that to the chaos that could be, and is being caused by Drones – and considering they have not even been used to their complete and full adverse potential as yet, we should be looking to the future as to how these Terror-Toys will be leveraged in the medium and longer term, to say, carry explosives into the spatial area of protected environments (say Westminster), or to download their poisonous payload of say, Anthrax or Sarin onto their below awaiting public.

Of my two scenarios, the sad fact is the posed threat by drones is potentially the easiest to deal with, had/if Law Enforcement and Government bodies had taken/take the required action of registration, and control to remove the ease of ownership – agreed, it will not remove the threat in its entirety, but I hope you will agreed that the purchase of a drone is hopefully more controllable than a box of nails.

In the year of 2019, of the imaginative Criminal, Terrorist, and State Sponsored mind, we really do need to step up to the plate of futuristic threats as a scenario prior to them becoming a reality!

Professor John Walker
john_walkerVisiting Professor at the School of Science and Technology at Nottingham Trent University (NTU), Visiting Professor/Lecturer at the University of Slavonia [to 2015], Independent Consultant, Practicing Expert Witness, ENISA CEI Listed Expert, Editorial Member of the Cyber Security Research Institute (CRSI), Fellow of the British Computer Society (BCS), Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (RSA), Board Advisor to the Digital Trust, Writer for SC Magazine UK, Originator of DarkWeb Threat Intelligence, CSIRT, Attack Remediation and Cyber Training Service/Platform, Accreditation Assessor and Academic Practitioner and Accredited Advisor to the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences in the area of Digital/Cyber Forensics.
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