Friday, July 23, 2021

Alias Robotics leads the fight against cyber-attacks on industrial robots

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Alias Robotics will present a research paper at the Black Hat 2021 international conference in which they discovered more than 100 security flaws in industrial robots.

Alias Robotics, a renowned Spanish company in the field of robot cybersecurity, and Trend Micro, a global cybersecurity leader specializing in fighting cybercrime, have formed a partnership to combat cybercrime in robotics. The first results of the two groups' partnership will be presented at the upcoming 'Black Hat 2021' conference in the United States, where they will demonstrate that collaborative robots are not safe.

Alias Robotics is at the forefront of the fight against industrial robot hacking.

Researchers from Alias Robotics and Trend Micro will discuss the findings of more than three years of research inspecting industrial robots at 'Black Hat 2021,' the world's most prestigious international IT security conference, which will take place in Las Vegas, USA, from July 31 to August 5.

They will share the results of their first combined study on robotic security challenges at the event, which also included researchers from the Austrian university Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt. The participants have written a detailed report on new results in the field of robotics threat and vulnerability study, which warns of the gadgets' grave dangers.

The paper, which will be presented at Black Hat 2021, calls for a new offensive and complementary approach methodology for protecting robotic arms in a practical and timely manner. The researchers assessed the present status of robotics cybersecurity and outlined the challenges to protecting robotic systems based on a decade of robotics expertise.

"Complexity makes robotics security a challenge," says Victor Mayoral-Vilches, a robotics security researcher at Alias Robotics. "The intrinsic complexity of robotic systems leads to many potential attack vectors," he believes, "attacks that manufacturers fail to neutralize in fair time."

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According to Federico Maggi, a senior researcher at Trend Micro, "Reverse engineering is to software security what robot disassembly is to industrial security. Both of these abilities are essential for the next generation of security professionals "..

Most industrial robot manufacturers today, like Ford in the 1920s, continue to use various planned obsolescence practices and organize dealers (often called distributors) or approved system integrators into private networks, providing repair parts only to certified companies in an attempt to discourage repairs and evade competition, according to experts from Alias Robotics and Trend Micro.

More than a hundred flaws

More than 100 vulnerabilities were discovered in the study, which affected numerous collaborative industrial robot manufacturers. The findings suggest that robot teardowns can considerably improve the quality, safety, and security of these devices, which can benefit the robotics sector and supply chain. The data also point to the practice of deliberate obsolescence. The authors propose for a 'right to repair' in robots and encourage end users to communicate their safety concerns to their supplier chains and OEMs in this area.

Alias Robotics and Trend Micro's engagement in the sphere of robot cybersecurity also involves project collaboration and intelligence exchange. In reality, both companies will submit joint reports and work closely with E-Crime Task Forces such as the Spanish Police, the Basque Cybersecurity Center, and the United States Government Security Forces, among others.

"Both manufacturers and security researchers must be responsible when it comes to security. According to our findings, several collaborative robot manufacturers have been disregarding cybersecurity for a long time. Worse, these companies push legal responsibilities down the supply chain, including to numerous distributors and system integrators in Spain.

Manufacturers must accept responsibility, respond quickly, and invest in security. A robot that lacks cybersecurity is insecure. This is especially concerning with collaborative robots that work alongside us. That is why it will be presented at Black Hat "Victor Mayoral-Vilches agrees.

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