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      Kirsty
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      Ransomware for robots is the next big security nightmare

      Researchers found they were able to infect robots with ransomware; in the real world, such attacks could be highly damaging to businesses if robotic security isn’t addressed.

      By Danny Palmer | March 9, 2018

       
      Ransomware has long been a headache for PC and smartphone users, but in the future, it could be robots that stop working unless a ransom is paid.

      Researchers at security company IOActive have shown how they managed to hack the humanoid NAO robot made by Softbank and infect one with custom-built ransomware. The researchers said the same attack would work on the Pepper robot too.

      After the infection, the robot is shown insulting its audience and demanding to be ‘fed’ bitcoin cryptocurrency in order to restore systems back to normal.

      While a tiny robot making threats might initially seem amusing — if a little creepy — the proof-of-concept attack demonstrates the risks associated with a lack of security in robots and how organisations that employ robots could suddenly see parts of their business grind to a halt should they become a victim of ransomware.

       
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      MrJimPhelps
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      in the future, it could be robots that stop working unless a ransom is paid.

      That’s not the main thing I am worried about; what if someone remotely takes over the robot and, rather than shut the robot down, goes on the offensive with it? For example: attacks employees or customers in some way; fulfills orders incorrectly; ships poisonous materials which aren’t labeled as such; etc.?

      Suppose, for example, that a fast food place utilized robots for bringing people’s food to their table. A hacker might get the robot to bring the food to the wrong table, drop the food on the floor next to the table, or dump a drink in someone’s lap rather than putting it on the table.

      It seems that everyone is so enchanted with “smart” devices; they had better sober up in their thinking and make sure that security is adequately addressed.

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