Be vigilant! The robot vacuum turned into a “spy” and could be remotely controlled!

With the development of science and technology, people’s life is becoming more and more intelligent. Robot vacuums, voice-controlled cars and some other intelligent products make people’s lives more and more convenient. But are these smart devices really safe? Recently, a test video released by an American cyber security company shocked people.

This video is about the robot vacuum turning into a “spy”. Because of its compact stature and keen vision, the robot vacuum can scan the surrounding environment with a camera and perform autonomous cleaning, which is very popular. Unexpectedly, at the other end of the Internet, in the hands of hackers, the robot vacuum has become a “spy”. Originally, the U.S. network security company found a bug in the landing software of the robot vacuum. By exploiting the vulnerability, hackers can disguise themselves as users landing, remote control household appliances, and real-time see the location of the robot vacuum. At present, the company has sent the vulnerability to the manufacturer of robot vacuum, the manufacturer said that it will issue patches as soon as possible, so as to solve the problem.

Coincidentally, a safety expert in Australia had found a bug in a Nissan electric vehicle’s on-board application software. Anyone who gets the vehicle identification number of the car can give instructions to the car through the Internet. Using this loophole, he managed to control a British vehicle in Australia. The safety expert effortlessly touched the car’s air-conditioning system and the temperature in the car began to rise.

In fact, not only robot vacuums and electric cars, but also other electronic devices with cameras, voice recognition and networking have the risk of privacy leaks. Industry experts warn that the best way to protect personal privacy is to update software patches in time and shut down and disconnect when not in use. Only in this way can we prevent our private space from the hackers or any other people who has bad intention to us. Moreover, one thing we can confirm is that the adventure is always there along with the development of the technology, which is something we can never avoid. As an old saying in China, we cannot give up eating for fear of choking. That is, we cannot abandon the advance of the intelligent appliances because of the small disadvantages. Therefore, even though we should be vigilant for that the robot vacuum may be turned into a “spy” and remotely controlled, we should know that it is useful to our everyday life.