The HoneyBot is a robot designed by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) to deceive industrial hackers into exposing information to cybersecurity professionals.
A HoneyBot could sit motionless in the corner of a factory, only to be activated when a hacker gains access and signaling visually that a malefactor is targeting the plant.
The robot could be programmed to obey certain innocuous commands without actually doing anything harmful. "If the attacker is smart and is looking out for the potential of a honeypot, maybe they'd look at different sensors on the robot, like an accelerometer or speedometer, to verify the robot is doing what it had been instructed," says Georgia Tech professor Raheem Beyah. "That's where we would be spoofing that information as well."
In one experiment, volunteers used a virtual interface to control the HoneyBot without seeing its actual actions, and were fed false sensor data to make them think they were in control.
From Georgia Tech Research Horizons
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