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Cybersecurity Report: 'Smart Farms' Are Hackable Farms

By IEEE Spectrum

March 17, 2021

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Researchers at China's Nanjing Agricultural University (NAU) surveyed smart farming and its underlying technologies and utilities, and discovered unique cybersecurity issues stemming from agricultural Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

Possible threats to IoT integrity include facility damage, sensor failures in poultry and livestock breeding, and control system intrusions in greenhouses.

NAU's Xing Yang said the most pressing vulnerability in smart agriculture concerns the physical environment, like plant factory control system intrusion and unmanned aerial vehicle false positioning; for example, rural areas are prone to poor network signals, which Yang said leads to false base station signals.

Yang and his colleagues suggested the use of countermeasures in response, including artificial intelligence to detect malicious users, and the application of existing industrial security standards to design a targeted security framework for agricultural IoT.

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