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Terrorist's Are Now Using Drones to Attack People and Infrastructure Targets

By Hector Cisneros

The first time we at Working the Web to Win took a real interest in Drone technology was in 2013. Back then it was exciting, held great promise and also cast a dark shadow. There were technological issues, licensing and cost questions and of course privacy concerns. Most worrisome for me was the possibility that these devices could be used as a deadly weapon for assassination and terrorism. In 2014, terrorism rose its ugly head in a big way as terrorist began to utilize the internet (especially social media) to spread the message of hate. Fast forward to 2019 and the reality of commercially available drones being used as weapons for assassination and terror is now a reality. In this episode of Working the Web to Win, we will cover many of the latest assassination and drone terrorist attack that have happened around the world. This is a very serious and important subject. Make sure you read and share this article with your friend, family and co-workers. This threat is here. 

The latest Headlines Says it All - "Drone terrorism is now a reality, and we need a plan to counter the threat".  It finally happened, at least as far as the headlines go. We predicted this some six years ago.  Terrorist are using drones to perpetrate their attack on government, infrastructure and civilian targets. We talked about the weaponization of consumer drones in our 2013 radios show about drones. We said "It was just a matter of time". Our first article dedicated to the evolution of drones was called "Dawn of the Drones", where we warned that unrestricted civilian drone use would lead to accident and aircraft fatalities. During our show on that subject both Carl and I predicted that at some point terrorist would deploy drones as part of their evolving terror campaign. A simple query of our blog will bring up several other articles about where drones were headed at that time.

Around the same time frame we were also writing about how terrorist were weaponizing social media to recruit and to terrorize the western public. Three of our articles laid out how this had come to pass. In our articles called "Terrorists Have Hijacked Social Media: A Dangerous New Paradigm" and "How Are Terrorists Using the Internet to Spread Their Message of Hate?" We discussed how terrorist were using social media effectively in a wide number of ways. We also wrote an article called "“IT” Now Stands for Internet Terrorism" that addressed other ways terrorist were using the internet to spread their message of terror through YouTube and other Websites.  You can also search our blog for other articles on this subject.

Now let's address today's headlines - Drones being used to Attack and Cause Terror!

Courtesy of CBS News - Federal warning issued about terrorists using drones

In a slew of articles on the recent drone terrorist attacks, the head lines show how widespread this new technology threatens the world.  Recently terrorist used dones to attack Saudi Oil installations.  One article in the New York Times exclaims "Yemen’s Houthi Rebels Attack Saudi Oil Facilities, Escalating Tensions in Gulf". This article goes on to tell how two Saudi oil tankers had been damaged and that the terrorist named "Mohammed Abdul Salam, took  responsibility for the drone attacks using Twitter, saying that they were a response to Saudi “aggression” and “genocide” in Yemen.". In another article from Gulf News called "Saudi Arabia oil stations attacked by drones", goes on to discuss how the attack was focused on two pumping stations. If the attacks had succeeded it could have stopped or at least slowed Saudi oil from reaching the Red Sea port city of Yanbu.

Courtesy of Fox News - Terror groups using commercial drones in attacks

These types of attacks can have a direct affect on the economies of a nation.  A CNBC article headline entitled "Oil prices jump as Saudi energy minister reports drone ‘terrorism’ against pipeline infrastructure", showed that, it not just a matter of damaging oil assets, it also affect the cost of oil. And guess what this affect us in the US as well as other countries.

This is far from the only story  about terrorists using drones, for example in the Washington Post, their headline read - "Are drones the new terrorist weapon? Someone tried to kill Venezuela’s president with one." This story covers how a group named Soldiers in T-shirts claimed responsibility for the act. The photo of the article cover shows the national guard and spectators scattering when a drone exploded in an attempt to kill Venezuelan President Nicol├ís Maduro during his speech in August 2018. It also goes on to say that two other bomb laden drones were shot down as well. 

Courtesy of CBS News - Drone attack in Venezuela assassination attempt.

Finally, governments are starting to take notice. In a recent Forbes online article entitled, "Forget Gatwick, Why The Deadliest Terrorist Threat From Drones Is Not At Our Airports",  it goes on to discuss how vulnerable open air stadiums are and how sporting events are prime targets for these terrorist weapons. It points out how pro soccer games regularly have 40,000 fans present and American Pro Football games average 75,000 fans in attendance. These targets are perfect for producing maximum casualties and mayhem.

The FBI has also weighed in on this subject saying that it is highly likely the terrorists will use drones to attack targets on US soil. In an NBC news article called "Terrorists likely to attack U.S. with drones, says FBI director". It points out that the low entry cost and wide availability of drones increases the chances of them being used to attack soft targets in the US. These include open air venues like sporting events and unsecured meeting places where large numbers of people congregate.

So, is it inevitable that US civilians will die at the hands of terrorist drones? The truth be told is that we have so many soft targets that the likelihood of mass casualties is high. In an article from the World Economic forum entitled "Drone terrorism is now a reality, and we need a plan to counter the threat", it points out how widespread drones are used by many countries in armed conflicts. It further points out how if a military drone is stolen and or purchased from a corrupter military leader, how it could cause mass casualties. Finally it points out how off the shelf drones are being used in a number of attacks around the world.

Courtesy of YouTube

I for one believe that many attacks can be stopped. First we need good intel that an attack is being planned and we need counterattack weapons. And yes there are anti-drone products on the market. 

I have seen in a popular mail order catalog by CH Kadel show anti Drone Shotgun shells. If you go to YouTube and search for Anti Drone Shotgun Shells, you will find lots of videos showing what works.  Also another way government agents can stop or interfere with drones is by jamming their control signals. A couple of articles that discuss jamming drones include; "A Primer on Jamming, Spoofing, and Electronic Interruption of a Drone" and "Everything You Need to Know About Drone Jammers". These two articles give you most everything you need to know about jamming unauthorized drones in your air space. 

On top of the two methods mentions so far, drones can be shot out of the air and they are also susceptible to EMP (Electromagnetic Pulses) attacks, although these counter attack weapons would probably also damage any nearby electronics as well.  Make sure you write your representatives and urge them to take these threats seriously and that the initiate the creations of counter measure by our law enforcement and military forces. If we don't, the next drone coming to your neighborhood may not be from Amazon, but your local terrorist organization.

That's my opinion; I look forward to reading yours.

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This article address the issue of terrorist using drones for assassination, to destroy a country's infrastructure and to cause terror for its population.  It provides coverage of the top current events that highlight the depth of this massive threat to world peace. It also provides links to many related articles to help the reader better understand this subject. Also included is a link to the BlogTalkRadio show that  goes with this and other related subjects.

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Hector Cisneros is COO and Director of Social Media Marketing at Working the Web to Win, an award-winning Internet marketing company based in Jacksonville, Florida.  He is also co-host of the weekly Internet radio show, "Working the Web to Win" on, which airs every Tuesday at 4 p.m. Eastern. Hector is a syndicated writer and published author of “60 Seconds to Success” and the co-author along with his business partner Carl Weiss of their hit book also called “Working the Web to Win.”

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