Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have created a four-wheeled robot, which is designed to fit in small spaces such as a shoebox. The robot has been developed to secure factories against cyber threats.
The tiny device is designed to bait cyber attackers who have set their sights on industrial facilities. HoneyBot is designed to trick the internet hackers into giving up important information to cybersecurity professionals.
The decoy robot is about to launch just as more and more devices, which have been designed to operate on the Internet, are being launched online in factories and homes, generating new potential for hackers looking to create destruction in both the physical and digital world.
The device can be easily monitored and controlled over the Internet. However, as compared to other remotely controlled robots, HoneyBot has a unique feature to create a hoax situation in which it lets its operators believe that it is working on a particular assignment, while it is actually executing something else entirely. In a factory situation, the HoneyBot can take a dormant seat in a corner, coming to life only when an intruder is able to gain access, which could be an indication that a hacker is aiming the facility.
Internet security professionals long have employed decoy computer systems known as “honeypots” as a way to throw cyber attackers off the trail. The research team applied the same concept to the HoneyBot, which is partially funded with a grant from the National Science Foundation.