A recent memo from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Homeland Security, and National Counterterrorism Center revealed that a July 2020 drone crash near a Pennsylvania power substation was the first known case of a "modified unmanned aircraft system likely being used in the U.S. to specifically target energy infrastructure."
The memo said the drone likely was modified to create a "short circuit to cause damage to transformers or distribution lines, based on the design and recovery location."
The agencies further stated that "we expect illicit [unmanned aircraft system] activity to increase over energy sector and other critical infrastructure facilities as use of these systems in the U.S. continues to expand."
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