After a major security robot breach, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released a statement confirming that the security robot in question, the Intercon, is currently under investigation.
Intercon is a security robot designed to secure high-risk places and public spaces, but was hacked and compromised during a security training exercise last month.
In the statement, DHS officials said the robot was not connected to the internet.
“The Intercon was not a ‘smart’ security robot, it was designed to work within the confines of an indoor environment,” the statement reads.
“When a robot is under attack it is essential that all sensors are working as expected.
We will continue to work closely with law enforcement, intelligence, security, and other agencies to determine the nature and scope of the breach and the appropriate steps to take to ensure the safety and security of all those who use the Intercom.”
In a separate statement, Intercon CEO Robert J. Fries said he was “deeply disappointed” with the DHS’ decision to not prosecute the company for the breach.
“This decision is a betrayal of the trust that our customers and customers trust in our company and our product,” Fries wrote.
“It is disappointing to see that, even though we had an extremely high degree of confidence that the device was properly secured, DHS has decided not to pursue a case for prosecution.
I am deeply disappointed in this decision, and I believe that this will not be the last we hear of this incident.
As I have said before, I remain fully committed to bringing our company back to the forefront of cybersecurity, and we intend to do everything we can to ensure that our technology continues to be at the forefront.”