Researchers have pioneered a technique to detect whether a drone camera is illicitly capturing video.

Amid increasing concerns about the proliferation of drone use for personal and business applications and how it is impinging on privacy and safety, researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and Weizmann Institute of Science have figured out how to tell if a targeted subject or house is being recorded by a drone camera.

“The beauty of this research is that someone using only a laptop and an object that flickers can detect if someone is using a drone to spy on them,” said Ben Nassi, a Ph.D. student in the BGU¬†department of software and information systems engineering¬†and a researcher at the BGU Cyber Security Research Center (CSRC). “While it has been possible to detect a drone, now someone can also tell if it is recording a video of your location or [doing] something else.”

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