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Popular robots dangerously easy to hack, say experts

This could result in them being programmed to injure the humans around them

Jeremy Kahn | Bloomberg 

Some of the most popular industrial and consumer robots are dangerously easy to hack and could be turned into bugging devices or weapons, IOActive said. The Seattle-based cybersecurity firm found major security flaws in industrial models sold by Universal Robots, a division of US technology company Teradyne. It also cited issues with consumer robots Pepper and NAO, which are manufactured by Japan’s Softbank Group, and the Alpha 1 and Alpha 2 made by China-based UBTech Robotics.  These vulnerabilities could allow the robots to be turned into surveillance devices, ...

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First Published: Wed, August 23 2017. 02:23 IST
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