CyberSecurity Company Finds Popular Service Robots Easy to Hack

Published by , March 12, 2018 2:07 pm

(CNET) Researchers from security company IOActive recently demonstrated how easy it is to take over Pepper and Nao, customer service robots used in stores and hotels. “A robot is just a computer with arms, legs and wheels. You can program it to do anything,” the researchers said before the presentation.
Pepper and its companion robot Nao, also created by SoftBank, can be infected with malware, according to researchers from IOActive. Lucas Apa and Cesar Cerrudo recently presented their research at the Kaspersky Security Analyst Summit in Cancun, Mexico–turning the cute Nao robot into a demented-sounding machine demanding bitcoin.

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