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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 the lead editor for Robotics Business Review’s RBR50 news, editorial and business segment. She is also contributing writer and editor for the publication’s News & Technology columns with special emphasis on breaking news coverage for science, technology and financial transactions. Casey is also editor and contributor for other in-house publications: Robotics Trends; RoboBusiness and RoboBusiness exhibit services.

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