Chinese drone producer DJI Global has been accused of limiting the capabilities of its AeroScope technology for the Ukrainian army, giving a significant air reconnaissance edge to Russian invaders amid the Russia-Ukraine conflict. The unconfirmed claims were made by a Twitter user on March 10.Volodymyr Shymanskyy, co-founder of Blynk IoT Platform, made the claims on Twitter. He said his information comes from its working group within the Ukrainian Forces. A DJI spokesperson in the U.S. rebuffed the accusations, stating that a technical problem is responsible for some systems malfunctioning in Ukraine.Use of AeroScope technology in Russia-Ukraine conflictIn a tweet, Shymanskyy said that DJI Aeroscope is proprietary hardware that allows the tracking of movement of any DJI drone in the range of 10 kilometers, a range that can be extended up to 50 kilometers with supplementary DJI-made antennae.Shymanskyy made these claims:AeroScope technology allows one to see the exact position of drone operators as well as the personal details they used when registering with DJI.The Ukrainian military uses various models of DJI drones in their reconnaissance activities. DJI is the largest drone maker in the world.Russians are using the AeroScope hardware to track the drone operators\u2019 positions to target their artillery\/rocket fire. \u201cIn other words, Russians use DJI technology to kill Ukrainian drone operators,\u201d the tweet readThe Ukrainian army reports that the AeroScope technology is \u201ceffectively turned off for Ukrainian operators. In fact, while Russians have the technical capabilities to track Ukrainian DJI drone operators, the Ukrainian army cannot do the same.\u201dBased on the above information, he accuses DJI of helping Russia: \u201cThis, in turn, means that the largest Chinese drone manufacturing company secretly supports the actions of the Russian army in Ukraine, by providing access to all its technology capacities to Russians and turning them off remotely for Ukrainians.\u201dOn March 11, Shymanskyy Tweeted that the issue is not new, and that the same thing occurred in 2016 when the Russians entered regions in Ukraine. In a Facebook post cited by Shymanskyy, Taras Troiak, chairman of the Ukrainian Federation of UAV owners, outlined how to use the drones without being tracked.DJI\u2019s geofencing restrictions designed for notification, not enforcementIn response, DJI North America Corporate Communication Director Adam Lisberg stated that reports are false. \u201cWe are aware of problems with some AeroScope units in Ukraine; they may be connected to prolonged loss of power\/internet. But there is no deliberate action to downgrade AeroScope there.\u201dLisberg also stated that DJI\u2019s geofencing restrictions for Ukraine and the rest of the world are designed for notification, not enforcement. \u201cDJI\u2019s GEO System delineates where it is safe to fly, where flight may raise concerns, and where flight is restricted,\u201d read a post on the firm\u2019s official website. \u201cGEO zones that prohibit flight are implemented around locations such as airports, power plants, and prisons. They are also implemented temporarily around major stadium events, forest fires, or other emergency situations.\u201dCertain GEO zones don\u2019t prohibit flight but do trigger warnings that inform users of potential risks, it continued. \u201cBy default, GEO limits flights into or taking off within zones that raise safety or security concerns.\u201d If a flight within one of these locations has been authorized, GEO allows users with verified DJI accounts to temporarily unlock or self-authorize their flights, and this unlock function is not available for sensitive national-security locations.\u201cThe GEO system is advisory only. Each user is responsible for checking official sources and determining what laws or regulations might apply to his or her flight. In some instances, DJI has selected widely recommended general parameters without making any determination of whether this guidance matches regulations that may apply specifically to you.\u201dCSO continues to investigate this story and will provide further detail when possible.