Rutgers and Georgia Tech researchers develop three-part approach for detecting 3D printer hacks | 8/16/2017 | Staff
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As hacking becomes an increasingly significant threat in our digital lives, it is not just our passwords and financial information we have to protect, but also our 3D files.

Hackers have demonstrated that it is entirely possible for people to hack into and alter 3D files as they are being printed, even making undetectable changes that can impact the internal structure and mechanical properties of a part.

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Fortunately, not all computer geniuses are out to get us, and many are working on innovative ways to combat 3D printing cyberattacks.

Researchers from the Rutgers University-New Brunswick and the Georgia Institute of Technology, for instance, have devised three methods for fighting 3D printing hacks, which were written about in a study titled “See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Feel No Evil, Print No Evil? Malicious Fill Pattern Detection in Additive Manufacturing.”

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The study was recently published at the 26th USENIX Security Symposium held in Vancouver, Canada, an important event for the security community which showcases the latest in computer and network systems protection.

"Imagine outsourcing the manufacturing of an object to a 3D printing facility and you have no access to their printers and no way of verifying whether small defects, invisible to the naked eye, have been inserted into your object: the results could be devastating and you would have no way of tracing where the problem came from,” explained Mehdi Javanmard, a co-author on the study and an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

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In other words, the risks for hacking in 3D printing come largely from the reality that most companies use external 3D printing facilities and services to additively manufacture their goods. In most cases—and especially in the fields of healthcare, aerospace, and infrastructure—having qualified and specifically structured parts is crucial, so the risk of having...
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