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

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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