Imagine having a robot in your kitchen which is capable of cooking you dinner.
Well, for some it will soon be a reality. Now imagine what happens if your cooking robot is hijacked?
Dr Nicholas Patterson, a cyber security lecturer at Deakin University, has to take more than just the average laptop or smartphone into account nowadays; he also has to plan for if or when a robo chef is hacked.
“Think about if someone does hack that, how powerful it could be — it’s wielding knives and God knows what else,” he said.
“Someone in a certain country overseas can hack a robot in Australia and take control of that, spy on you, or attack you.
“You don’t have to be in the next street or next house; you can be in another country.”
Dr Patterson said robotic hacking had the potential to put a halt on the robotics industry.
With things such as robotic vacuum cleaners and drones becoming more common household items, he said other consumer robotics would be introduced a lot sooner than people thought.
By 2019, Dr Patterson said we could see up to 1.4 million new industrial robots installed in factories globally, and more would begin entering our homes as technology advanced at an alarming rate.
According to Dr Patterson, smaller robots might not pose much of a physical threat, however their speakers and microphones could be used to listen in to people’s conversations.
He said in the past a person had also been able to hack into an airplane mid-flight.
“I think we’re too much focused on laptops and phones, but there’s these new avenues which are not looked at as much in terms of robots and passenger planes.”
To prevent robotic hacking, Dr Patterson suggests updating anti-malware software and turning off Bluetooth and the wi-fi on robotic devices when not required.Discover More