Threat Management, Threat Management

John Connor is that you? Man attacks security robot

An intoxicated gentleman who may or may not have been in fear of unsecured IoT devices and robots decided to take a preemptive strike against a 300lb security robot in Mountain View, Calif.

The robot, named K5, turned out to not be a Terminator, but instead was just a Knightscope droid designed to patrol parking lots and alert security of suspicious activity, according to ABC 7.

Authorities said 41-year-old Jason Sylvain knocked the robot over while it was on patrol last week. Sylvain was subsequently arrested and charged with prowling and public intoxication.  

K5 suffered a few scratches but was able to return to duty shortly after the incident. While robots and similar IoT devices pose serious cybersecurity and physical security threats if compromised by a threat actor, Knightscope devices have occasionally caused harm on their own.

Last year, one of the firm's robots knocked over a 16-month-old child running over its foot and causing minor bruising.

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