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“Household robots do not protect users’ security and privacy, researchers say”

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People are increasingly using household robots for chores, communication, entertainment and companionship.  But, according to a new UW CSE study, security and privacy risks of information-gathering objects that move around our homes have not been adequately addressed.

UW CSE’s professor Yoshi Kohno, grad students Tamara Denning, Cynthia Matuszek, and Karl Koscher, and affiliate faculty member  Joshua Smith discovered security weaknesses in all three domestic robots they examined.  They presented their findings at the International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing.

Read an article about the study on the UW News site here.  See the full study here.  PCWorld here.  Slashdot here.  Popular Science here.  UPI Science News here.  gizmag here.  Globe and Mail here.  Wired here.

October 8, 2009