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‘Sense of paranoia’: drone modifiers, hackers in China face possible jail time

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Thrill-seeking drone owners and their hackers under threat of jail amid China’s national security fears

Recent court cases in Fujian and Shanghai end with hackers who were paid to modify UAVs sentenced to jail‘People who are very passionate about drones will certainly be tempted and might take the risk,’ says Beijing computer engineering professorDronesSylvie Zhuangin BeijingPublished: 2:00pm, 25 Sep, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

As China claims the title of the world’s largest producer of civilian drones it is cracking down harder than most countries on people modifying drones to get around restrictions.

While most other jurisdictions treat such violations as misdemeanours with fines, in China altering a drone’s limits can incur jail time, as shown in recent court cases.

The alterations may be mostly made for recreational purposes but Beijing views such breaches through the lens of national security.

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Luo Tien, an architect who owns two drones in Beijing, says some vehicle owners hire hackers to unlock digital blocks in their vehicles so they can take them anywhere they want, in most cases for leisure and fun.

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