Jibo the Family Robot, or Family Cybersecurity Nightmare?
There’s a lot of buzz right now about a new “family robot” called Jibo. It is so interesting because Jibo has raised $2.29 million, soaring past its initial goal of $100,000, within 10 hours of launch on Indigogo, a crowd sourcing site.
Jibo is certainly cute, but as a cybersecurity expert I’m super skeptical about the security implications of Jibo. Although I have not analyzed the robot itself, I want to share some of the security vulnerabilities I see relating to this product. The Jibo promotional video shows all kinds of personal interactions between the users of the robot and the robot itself.
First, here is what Jibo can do according to its website.
See -Two hi-res cameras recognize and track faces, capture photos, and enable immersive video calling.
Hear – 360° microphones and natural language processing let you talk to Jibo from anywhere in the room.
Speak – Hands-free reminders and messages, so you’ll never forget and can always be in touch.
Learn – Artificial Intelligence algorithms learn your preferences to adapt and fit into your life.
Help – Like a personal assistant, Jibo proactively helps you, to make everyday tasks simpler and easier.
Relate – Communicates and expresses using natural social and emotive cues so you understand each other better.
While much of the video demonstrated in home contact with Jibo, there is an indication that the robot interacts with the users wirelessly and remotely. This is where the problems lie. Let me tell you why.
Since Jibo has cameras that can see and record everything and it can be accessed over the internet these recordings are probably vulnerable to hackers. Audio and visual streams for Jibo are probably not encrypted. This means that if a hacker captures this information while it is traveling the internet they can steal your video and voice recordings.
User names and passwords for accessing and controlling Jibo are also probably not encrypted. Again, a hacker can capture your user name and password to turn on the robot to watch and record everything that you do. Imagine if this was a robber and they used Jibo to case your home before breaking in!
One last issue is that many devices that are connected to the internet remain connected even when the device is switched off. This makes it possible for a hacker to remotely turn the device on and off to use as much and in any fashion they wish.
Here are some recommendations for safely using the Jibo:
• Don’t use this robot without some type of encryption enabled, if possible
• Make sure that your home wireless is properly configured, encrypted with WPA2 and properly password protected.
• Don’t enable remote access to Jibo.
• Keep Jibo turned off when you are not using it.
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