Hackers Could Place Internal Defects into 3D Prints, Say NYU Cybersecurity Researchers

Researchers at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering have published a report highlighting two potential cybersecurity risks associated with 3D printing. The researchers noted that printing orientation and insertion of fine defects could represent “possible foci for attacks.”

When designing a digital model for 3D printing, care must be taken to ensure that the printed object is sufficiently strong and not liable to break because of structural defects. But while a great deal of care and inspection can be applied at the design stage, what happens when an online intruder deliberately tampers with the file before it is 3D printed? 

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