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Lawmakers concerned about Chinese drones in restricted spaces around Capitol

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National security officials are raising the alarm on an increasing variety of drones flying through restricted areas across the Capitol in Washington D.C.

The drones, almost exclusively manufactured in China, have turn into a serious concern for each safety and counter-intelligence security. 

Government officials and lawmakers don’t consider the drones have been connected to foreign governments or attempts to compromise U.S. Capitol security. Nonetheless, the ramifications of the rapidly evolving technology could pose problems in the long run as consumer electronics turn into more advanced.

FORMER MILITARY INTELLIGENCE ANALYST: BIDEN ADMIN BUYING CHINESE DRONES ‘POSES NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT’

The U.S. Capitol constructing in Washington, D.C.
(Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

An anonymous government contractor accustomed to regulations and security for D.C. airspace told Politico, “There’s YouTube videos that would walk your grandparents through the right way to update the software on one in every of these drones to be non-detectable and to do an entire lot of other things — eliminate elevation ceilings, every kind of stuff. When you were to go buy a DJI drone at the shop, it wouldn’t fly over airports or specific cities due to a selected no-fly zone.”

“So, anything that we see in D.C. that could be a DJI-manufactured product has been hacked or manipulated to enable flight in these zones,” the contractor added.

FEDERAL AGENCIES BUYING UP CHINESE DRONES PREVIOUSLY DEEMED A NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT: REPORT

A DJI Phantom 4 Pro+ drone is shown during the 2017 CES in Las Vegas January 6, 2017.

A DJI Phantom 4 Pro+ drone is shown through the 2017 CES in Las Vegas January 6, 2017.
(REUTERS/Steve Marcus)

DJI is some of the popular drone manufacturers within the industry, and the corporate requires those that purchase their products to download proprietary software and supply to users their very own mapping databases which have the potential to be monitored remotely. 

Nonetheless, DJI has previously been accused of working closely with the Chinese Communist Party.

Chinese President Xi Jinping requires that each company maintain communist party officials of their ranks in order that they are going to “firmly hearken to the party and follow the party.”

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Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China CPC Central Committee, Chinese president and chairman of the Central Military Commission, delivers an important speech at a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the founding of the CPC in Beijing, capital of China, July 1, 2021.

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China CPC Central Committee, Chinese president and chairman of the Central Military Commission, delivers a vital speech at a ceremony marking the a hundredth anniversary of the founding of the CPC in Beijing, capital of China, July 1, 2021.
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Beijing can be a direct investor within the drone company, and maintains sizable power in its operations.

The U.S. government added DJI to a Treasury blacklist last December.

Fox News’ Chuck Flint and Joshua Q. Nelson contributed to this report.

Timothy Nerozzi is a author for Fox News Digital. You may follow him on Twitter @timothynerozzi and might email him at timothy.nerozzi@fox.com

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