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Internet of Things

A robot plays decoy for cyber attacks

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a robot that draws cyber attacks onto itself to protect factories and other facilities from hackers.

23 Apr. 2018 Dirk Bongardt
Source: Georgia Tech
Source: Georgia Tech

For a while already now, security companies have been using so-called "honeypots" to pose as seemingly vulnerable software systems to attract cyber criminals and so spy out their methods and behavior. The "HoneyBot" developed at the Georgia Institute of Technology now takes this method to a physical level. The small rolling robot, which the university also presents in a video , is intended to trick attackers into specific activities by using false sensor data, appearing to respond to manipulation attempts and then collecting as much data as possible about the attacker or attackers. This has already been achieved in the first experiments on volunteers – without harmful intentions, however.

The researchers want to use this approach to make IoT environments more secure in the industrial and private sectors. Security is one of the most sensitive but most neglected topics with regard to the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0. Security experts are particularly worried as more and more devices and machines that were not originally designed to work with and on the Internet go online.