Drone hacking tool launches in Australia

CIO from IDG: Drone hacking tool launches in Australia Department 13’s Mesmer platform allows users to commandeer Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in mid-air. Mesmer, from the ASX-listed company Department 13, works by intercepting the digital radio signal between a drone and its pilot, before using the same communication protocols to take control “by restructuring the communication…
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Department 13 International launches flagship counter-drone product

Proactive Investors.AU: Department 13 International launches flagship counter-drone product With customer demonstrations and trials of MESMER currently underway, the company has secured global distributor agreements to support the launch. Department 13’s focus is to drive sales, both directly and through partner channels, and to establish the product as the global market leader in counter-drone technology….
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Department 13 Launches MESMER Version 1.0 Counter-Drone Solution

Drastic News: Department 13 Launches MESMER Version 1.0 Counter-Drone Solution Department 13 commercially launched its flagship counter-drone product, MESMER Version 1.0 (“MESMER”), a unique patented, low power, non-jamming, non-line of sight, non-kinetic drone mitigation solution, enabling an effective and safe method of protecting personnel and infrastructure from dangerous drones. http://drasticnews.com/2017/01/department-13-launches-mesmer-version-1-0-counter-drone-solution/…
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An Australian Company Says It Can Hijack Drones Wirelessly

Gizmodo: An Australian Company Says It Can Hijack Drones Wirelessly Drones are kinda loud and annoying, but they’re also a potential threat to public safety or privacy if they’re snooping into restricted airspace. ASX-listed Department 13, has built a system it says can monitor Wi-Fi and GPS tracking signals to detect nearby drone activity, then jump in…
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How big a threat are drones on Inauguration Day?

The Verge: How big a threat are drones on Inauguration Day? Startups, like Department 13, claim they can take control of rogue drones. This is done by tricking the drones GPS system, making the drone believe it’s properly executing its mission, while actually moving it to safe coordinates. http://www.theverge.com/2017/1/20/14335836/inauguration-day-drones-threat-bomb-security-detection-prevention…
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Media warns of inauguration drone bombing, not ‘safe’

Washington Examiner: Media warns of inauguration drone bombing, not ‘safe’ …the U.S. Secret Service has put in place several anti-drone efforts out of concern that an I-inspired “flying IED” will smash into the crowd, or worse. http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/media-warns-of-inauguration-drone-bombing-not-safe/article/2612305…
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Preventing Drone Crashes: When National Security Depends On It

DGI Wire: Preventing Drone Crashes: When National Security Depends On It MESMER can often capture and decode raw drone telemetry data: this provides not only the location of the drone but potentially reveals information about the drone’s base station or controller. In some cases, MESMER can even obtain video, accelerometer, magnetometer and other onboard system data….
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New Product will Help with Drone Defense

R&D: New Product will Help with Drone Defense Jonathan Hunter from Department 13 said, with the MESMER system, which is designed more for larger entities than individuals, you can identify the type of drone and what it is equipped with and then either take it down or push it out of your airspace. http://www.rdmag.com/article/2017/01/new-product-will-help-drone-defense?et_cid=5777903&et_rid=654418356&location=top&et_cid=5777903&et_rid=654418356&linkid=content…
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This company can ‘hack’ and completely take over enemy drones for the US military

Business Insider: This company can ‘hack’ and completely take over enemy drones for the US military Department 13 CEO Jonathan Hunter realized his work could have real effects in mitigating radio-controlled drone aircraft — a frequent, and growing nuisance to militaries as well as the private sector.  “We’ve learned how to speak drone talk.” http://www.businessinsider.com/department-13-mesmer-drones-2017-1…
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