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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Security Risks with Household Robots

According to researchers at the University of Washington household robots increase the the privacy and security risks at home. In their paper titled "A Spotlight on Security and Privacy Risks with Future Household Robots: Attacks and Lessons" (PDF format) the researchers examined the security of the three currently available robots: The WowWee Rovio, the Erector Spykee, and the WowWee RoboSapien v2. The security tests uncovered a number of vulnerabilities such as the possibility of an attacker compromising a home robot to spy with the built in video camera or remote server intrusion. The research use their findings to develop a set of questions designed to promote more secure household robots that will preserve their human's privacy.

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