Hacked 3D Printers Could Commit Industrial Sabotage
Hackers could introduce defects into printed products, researchers are warning
- Michael Kan for Computer World July 13th, 2016
- Source: http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/603322/hacked-3d-printers-could-commit-industrial-sabotage/
3D printers can churn out toys, clothing and even food. But the technology also shows potential for use in industrial sabotage, researchers warn.
Imagine a car maker using 3D printers to manufacture components, only to have the parts contain defects that are undetectable until it’s too late.
A hacker with access to the 3D printers could make that happen, a team of researchers wrote in a recent paper. This could result in a "devastating impact" for users and lead to product recalls and lawsuits, said New York University professor Nikhil Gupta.