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Next-generation tele-operated robots can be hacked

A team of engineers from the University of Washington demonstrated that next generation tele-operated robots using non-private networks can be easily disrupted or derailed by common forms of cyberattacks

 

If you feel that your car's remote-controlled security system is full-proof, you may be wrong as a team of engineers has shown how easily a malicious attack could hijack remotely-controlled operations in the future.
 
A team of engineers from the University of Washington demonstrated that next generation tele-operated robots using non-private networks can be easily disrupted or derailed by common forms of cyberattacks.
 
Incorporating security measures to foil those attacks will be critical to their safe adoption and use.
 
"We want to make the next generation of telerobots resilient to some of the threats we've detected without putting an operator or patient or any other person in the physical world in danger," said lead author Tamara Bonaci, a University of Washington doctoral candidate in electrical engineering.
 
The team mounted common types of cyberattacks as study participants used a tele-operated surgical robot to move rubber blocks between pegs on a pegboard.
 
During denial-of-service attacks, in which the attacking machine flooded the system with useless data, the robots became jerky and harder to use.
 
With a single packet of bad data, for instance, the team was able to maliciously trigger the robot's emergency stop mechanism, rendering it useless.
 
"If there's been a disaster, the network has probably been damaged too. So you might have to fly a drone and put a router on it and send signals up to it," said Howard Chizeck, UW professor of electrical engineering.
 
Encrypting data packets that flow between the robot and human operator would help prevent certain types of cyberattacks.
 
The study was presented at the 6th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems held in Seattle, US.

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Nepal earthquake: Death toll climbs to 7,912

A total of 17,871 people were injured in the quake

 

The death toll following the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25 has reached 7,912, according to the latest update made available by the Nepali home ministry on Saturday.
 
A total of 17,871 people were injured in the quake.
 
A total of 2,97,266 houses were fully damaged and 10,803 government buildings collapsed in the quake.
 
Besides, at least 264 Nepali nationals and 111 foreigners have been missing after the disaster.
 

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Australian teenager charged with terror plot

The teenager was charged after Victoria Police and Australian Federal Police personnel launched raids in Melbourne on Friday afternoon, swooping on a house where explosives were found and taken away to be detonated in a nearby park, Sky News Australia reported

 

A 17-year-old Australian boy was charged with terror offences following a raid by police at his home in Melbourne, media reported on Saturday.
 
The teenager was charged after Victoria Police and Australian Federal Police personnel launched raids in Melbourne on Friday afternoon, swooping on a house where explosives were found and taken away to be detonated in a nearby park, Sky News Australia reported.
 
"It will be alleged the teenager was undertaking preparations for planning a terrorist act in Australia," a police official said on Saturday.
 
In Darwin, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said that the government knows there is a very serious threat.
 
"There have been some raids over the last 24 hours in Sydney and Melbourne. There's been at least one arrest," he said.
 
The teenager is expected to face a closed court on Monday.
 

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