Researchers Claim that Robot Manufacturers are Slow while Addressing Perilous Risks
Researchers have cautioned over six robot manufacturing companies about around fifty vulnerabilities in their business, home, and industrial robots in January, claimed on Wednesday (23rd August 2017) that only a handful of the issues have been handled and taken care of. Lucas Apa and Cesar Cerrudo, the researchers from IOActive- one of the most popular cyber security companies in the United States, mentioned that the vulnerabilities can leave room for cyber hackers to spy on people and track their activities, disable all safety features making robots to move and lurch violently thus putting bystanders and users in a dangerous situation.
While they state that they did not notice any signs of hackers exploiting the vulnerabilities at present, they also intent to put light on the other side saying the fact that the robots could be hacked effortlessly and lack of response from the manufacturers can raise various queries about permitting the use of robots in factories, offices, and homes. Apa- a senior cyber security consultant, added to the discussion saying that, “our detailed research fairly proves that even non-military automated robots can be weaponized to cause potential damage. The robots do not make use of explosives and bullets, but legs, arms, cameras, and microphones. The only difference that they are going to be all around us very soon and we need to make sure we secure them immediately before it gets too late.”
Certain robot manufacturers tried to defend themselves claiming that they had addressed almost all the complaints that were raised. Apa’s statements come with reference to the letter signed by over hundred experienced robotic specialists suggesting the United States to prohibit the expansion of autonomous weapons and dangerous military robots.” Apa stated that out of all the six robot manufacturers contacted, just one (Rethink Robotics) replied saying some of the issues were fixed. He added that he was not able to confirm the reply because his team did not have the required access to that specific robot.
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