You smart TV may know what kind of Netflix show you want to watch but it could also be letting potential hackers know more than you want them to know about you. Ars Technica reports a new hack whose proof of concept suggests terrestrial radio signals could be used to take control of many Smart TV sets without having any physical access to any of them.
In a demo of the hack security consultant Rafael Scheel used a transmitter to embed malicious commands into a rogue TV signal, Ars reports. When the signal was broadcast it was able to access smart TV’s. The hack exploits two documented security flaws in Web browsers that ran in the background of TV models used in the experiment, both of which were made by Samsung, but other televisions models and makes are by no means exempt, if the attack was engineered around other browser bugs, the same results could be achieved.
Schael told Ars:
“Once a hacker has control over the TV of an end user, he can harm the user in a variety of ways, among many others, the TV could be used to attack further devices in the home network or to spy on the user with the TV’s camera and microphone.”
Yossef Oren a secutiy consultant told Ars
“People who use TVs don’t know/care about security, they aren’t used to getting security prompts from their TVs, they don’t have the discipline of installing security updates, and so on.”
Admin opinion :
“As more and more smart TV’s hit the market and end up in consumers living rooms, its only a matter of time before this kind of stuff happens as well as spyware, viruses etc, just like the growing list of malicious content affecting smart phones”, do not buy knock off phones smart devices from China etc.. and check out your settings for security and privacy”