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Researchers Reveal Vulnerabilities of Telepresence Robot

October 23, 2018 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by RBR

Testing shows methods that hackers can grab private data from the VGo robots.

New research from Zingbox has detailed vulnerabilities in telepresence robots that hackers could use to access sensitive data, including chat conversations, images, and live video streams.

Initially discussed at the RSA security conference in April 2018, Zingbox said its security researchers worked with manufacturers to discover five Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs), which ranged from unprotected credentials to unauthorized remote access. The company said it is releasing the details of the vulnerabilities now that manufacturers have had a chance to address the issues.

"While much of the burden of ensuring device security falls on the healthcare providers, the collaboration between device manufacturers and security vendors is a critical component to assist healthcare providers," said Daniel Regaldo, principal security researcher at Zingbox, and co-author of Gray Hat Hacking. "I commend the quick actions by the device manufacturers, which enable us to share additional details regarding this vulnerability and educate the industry on the latest cyber threats."

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