Terrorists using drones in public for biological weapons attacks – this is the scenario warns the former director of the British intelligence service GCHQ in a study. It demands better security measures and legal regulations.
A Bundeswehr drone flies in December 2013 during an exercise by the Camp Marmal in Masar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan. Terrorists could abuse drones for biological weapons attacks, warns the British study.
The use of drones will increase significantly in the UK over the next 20 years. As a study by the University of Birmingham shows, this raises considerable concerns about the safety of the population. According to the University of Birmingham Policy Commission Report, there is a serious risk that terrorist groups will exploit drones to attack the public. He therefore calls for better security measures and legal regulations.
Study Warns Against Chemical and Biological Attacks
According to the study, the security threat posed by drone abuse is very serious. Although vulnerable target groups could be relatively well protected from attacks, it would be more difficult in public areas such as shopping centers and sports stadiums. There is a danger here that terrorists carry out chemical or biological attacks with drones. The British authorities took this scenario very seriously during the 2012 Summer Olympics.
More and more drones in civilian use
While unmanned aerial vehicles have mainly been used in restricted airspace for military purposes, they now carry out new tasks in the civilian area British sky to support search and rescue operations, monitor power lines, take measurements of all kinds, or obtain images for journalists.
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According to the study, this also means that new security concepts have been developed and legal frameworks have been created
Civilians are allowed to operate unmanned aerial vehicles in the UK if the device weighs less than 20 kilograms and is only flown in sight. The report highlights a number of cases where the rules were clearly violated. Just a few days ago, a 41-year-old Englishman was arrested for flying a drone over the football stadium during Manchester City’s home game against Tottenham Hotspurs.