An NUS research team led by Assistant Professor Jun Han has shown that the Lidar sensor on a robot vacuum cleaner can be repurposed as a tool to spy on private conversations at home or in the office. Photo: NUS handout An NUS research team led by Assistant Professor Jun Han has shown that the Lidar sensor on a robot vacuum cleaner can be repurposed as a tool to spy on private conversations at home or in the office. Photo: NUS handout
An NUS research team led by Assistant Professor Jun Han has shown that the Lidar sensor on a robot vacuum cleaner can be repurposed as a tool to spy on private conversations at home or in the office. Photo: NUS handout

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Robot vacuums can be used by hackers to ‘spy’ on conversations, Singapore researchers say

  • The ‘LidarPhone’ attack can take advantage of the device’s built-in sensor to gather potentially sensitive data, NUS computer scientists discovered
  • To prevent misuse, the team advised owners not to connect their robot vacuums to the internet

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An NUS research team led by Assistant Professor Jun Han has shown that the Lidar sensor on a robot vacuum cleaner can be repurposed as a tool to spy on private conversations at home or in the office. Photo: NUS handout An NUS research team led by Assistant Professor Jun Han has shown that the Lidar sensor on a robot vacuum cleaner can be repurposed as a tool to spy on private conversations at home or in the office. Photo: NUS handout
An NUS research team led by Assistant Professor Jun Han has shown that the Lidar sensor on a robot vacuum cleaner can be repurposed as a tool to spy on private conversations at home or in the office. Photo: NUS handout
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