Rogue Automation: Vulnerable and Malicious Code in Industrial Programming


In this research paper, we reveal previously unknown design flaws that malicious actors could exploit to hide malicious functionalities in industrial robots and other automated, programmable manufacturing machines. Since these flaws are difficult to fix, enterprises that deploy vulnerable machines could face serious consequences. An attacker could exploit them to become persistent within a smart factory, silently alter the quality of products, halt a manufacturing line, or perform some other malicious activity.

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