Show simple item record

dc.contributor.authorPostnikoff, Brittany 17:37:23 (GMT) 17:37:23 (GMT)
dc.description.abstractThis thesis establishes the new field of Robot Social Engineering. We define Robot Social Engineering as the use of social abilities and techniques by robots to manipulate others in order to achieve a goal. We build the field of Robot Social Engineering on the foundations of Human-Robot Interaction research on social robots as well as information security research on social engineering. Social engineering attacks are the deliberate applications of manipulative social skills by an individual in an attempt to achieve a goal. The field of information security has shown that interpersonal skills, such as trust, authority, and empathy, can be used by humans against other humans to perform social engineering attacks. Meanwhile, the field of Human-Robot Interaction has shown that robots may make use of social abilities such as those used in social engineering attacks. In this work, we argue that Robot Social Engineering attacks are possible and have already been performed, and that defenses should be developed to protect against these attacks. We support our argument by providing background on social robots and social engineering, defining Robot Social Engineering, outlining previous research that we consider to be Robot Social Engineering, describing Robot Social Engineering attacks that may be performed, and discussing the risks that can accompany Robot Social Engineering attacks.en
dc.publisherUniversity of Waterlooen
dc.subjectsocial engineeringen
dc.subjectrobot social engineeringen
dc.subjecthuman-robot interactionen
dc.subjectsocial robotsen
dc.titleRobot Social Engineeringen
dc.typeMaster Thesisen
dc.pendingfalse R. Cheriton School of Computer Scienceen Scienceen of Waterlooen
uws-etd.degreeMaster of Mathematicsen
uws.contributor.advisorGoldberg, Ian
uws.contributor.affiliation1Faculty of Mathematicsen

Files in this item


This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record


University of Waterloo Library
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
519 888 4883

All items in UWSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved.

DSpace software

Service outages