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As the robotics industry grows, so do security concerns

March 27, 2017 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by ITProPortal

Over the past several decades, advances in robotics have made them practically an industry staple, from heavy machinery and textiles all the way to children's toys and hobbyist RC vehicles.

We trust that these machines are secure, but in reality that's not always the case. Although it sounds like a plot straight out of a police procedural, there's a very real possibility of malicious individuals hacking into your seemingly innocuous devices. These vulnerabilities are what make cybersecurity so important for all connected devices.

The world at risk

In March of 2017, research by security firm IOActive revealed startling vulnerabilities in robots we use every day -- in factories, in business and in the home. The study examined 10 robots from a variety of areas for security risks, identifying issues like weak cryptography, insecure communications and no authorisations. According to IOActive CEO Caesar Cerrudo, many vital robots -- including those used for medicine and in cars -- suffer from the same vulnerabilities.

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