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Alexi McCammond May 19, 2017
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New report details how hackers could target industrial robots

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Industrial robots (those used in fields like aerospace, automative, pharmaceutical, and welding) pose an enticing and dangerous opportunity to hackers since many of them are actually connected to the Internet, a new report finds.

Trend Micro and researchers from the Polytechnic University at Milan released a report detailing how hackers could compromise industrial robots, making various industries susceptible to hacks similar to the recent ransomeware attack.

One problem: The researchers found many of the robots they scanned during a two-week period were connected to company networks or the Internet — " some of which even provided unrestricted access using anonymous credentials (i.e., the authentication system was disabled)," they wrote.