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Home robots can be easily hacked to spy on and attack owners, say researchers

 

It’s going to be a long time before robots are genuinely useful around the house, but when they get there, we’ll need to be sure they’re safe. A cybersecurity firm has proved this with a new report today demonstrating how to hack a number of popular robots — including Pepper, a humanoid greeting bot built by Japanese company SoftBank. The researchers from Seattle-based IOActive show how the machines can be turned into surveillance devices, sending audio and video of their owners back to the hackers, or how they can be remotely controlled in ways that might harm humans. You can see this demonstrated in the video below, where an Alpha 2 robot (built by China-based UBTech Robotics) attacks a tomato as best it can with a screwdriver. Now……

 

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