A Spotlight on Security and Privacy Risks With Future Household Robots: Attacks and Lessons

Date Added: Oct 2009
Format: PDF

Future homes will be populated with large numbers of robots with diverse functionalities, ranging from chore robots to elder care robots to entertainment robots. While household robots will offer numerous benefits, they also have the potential to introduce new security and privacy vulnerabilities into the home. The research consists of three parts. First, to serve as a foundation for the study, the authors experimentally analyze three of today's household robots for security and privacy vulnerabilities: the WowWee Rovio, the Erector Spykee, and the WowWee RoboSapien V2. Second, they synthesize the results of the experimental analyses and identify key lessons and challenges for securing future household robots.