Robots and their control software are rife with critical and painfully obvious security flaws that make them easily hackable, new research shows.

Popular robotics products contain glaring and serious security vulnerabilities that could easily be exploited to hack and take control of a robot's movements and operations for spying or causing physical damage - and even posing a danger to humans.

A hacked robot could silently be used to go rogue and hack other networks within the office, or even other robots, according to the researchers, who say robots indeed could be the next-generation insider threat.