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Robots Vulnerable to Hacking
Both developers and public barely aware of threats
By Casey Nobile

We often hear about cyber attacks “after the fact,” but few people are openly discussing how system security will be irrevocably impacted and complicated by the global adoption of robotics.

According to Freescale’s Industrial Segment Director for Robotics and Automation, Alexandra Dopplinger, In an industrial setting, a hack meant to simply disrupt a system could end up affecting the quality of an entire line of products (automobiles with faulty construction) or halting a manufacturing run completely, costing millions of dollars in productivity.

A hacked service robot, however, could injure a family member, dispense the wrong medication in an elder care facility or provide a hacker with a detailed map of your home.

Dopplinger suggests that there is no reason why the robotics community cannot immediately use security solutions that have been developed for defense and telecom networks to secure their robotics products.


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Casey Nobile is Manager of EH Publishing’s Robotics Division, including Robotics Business Review, Robotics Trends, RoboBusiness and the Robotics Marketplace at CES. She is passionate about developing connections between robotics technologies and the corporate world. Nobile has a master’s degree in Writing, Literature and Publishing from Emerson College.

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