Recent Hacking Experiment Displays Cybersecurity Dangers of Robots and IoT
Over the past year, cybersecurity firm IOActive successfully conducted a ransomware experiment on a popular humanoid robot created by SoftBank Robotics. This robot, titled NAO, is equipped with microphones and cameras and is typically used in classrooms, retail stores, and offices for customer assistance. NAO is capable of connecting to wireless networks and other IoT devices, and leverages artificial intelligence.
In this experiment, IOActive was able to steal stored data, completely control its audio and visual features, and was essentially able to hold the device ransom until the firm received bitcoin. This is alarming for a multitude of reasons, but primarily due to the increasing use of Internet of Things. As individuals and businesses are starting to create more of these networks in their everyday lives, the more prone they are to these dangerous attacks. These attacks have the ability to devastate a business financially and even halt business operations for smaller companies. Although this research didn’t actually cause harm, it displays the potential dangers that arise with the use of robots and connected devices. Cesar Currdo, CTO of IOActive, believes that the impact of ransomware on robots is “much bigger” than any other type of device and can “directly affects business production and services.”
Do you believe that the security dangers associated with robots and IoT are almost understated? Do you find yourself hesitant at all to implement these technologies in your everyday lives?