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FBI is warning about your smart TV’s security
 

 
If you just bought a smart TV on Black Friday or plan to buy one for Cyber Monday tomorrow, the FBI wants you to know a few things.

Smart TVs are like regular television sets but with an internet connection. With the advent and growth of Netflix, Hulu and other streaming services, most saw internet-connected televisions as a cord-cutter’s dream. But like anything that connects to the internet, it opens up smart TVs to security vulnerabilities and hackers. Not only that, many smart TVs come with a camera and a microphone. But as is the case with most other internet-connected devices, manufacturers often don’t put security as a priority.

That’s the key takeaway from the FBI’s Portland field office, which just ahead of some of the biggest shopping days of the year posted a warning on its website about the risks that smart TVs pose.

“Beyond the risk that your TV manufacturer and app developers may be listening and watching you, that television can also be a gateway for hackers to come into your home. A bad cyber actor may not be able to access your locked-down computer directly, but it is possible that your unsecured TV can give him or her an easy way in the backdoor through your router,” wrote the FBI.

The FBI warned that hackers can take control of your unsecured smart TV and in worst cases, take control of the camera and microphone to watch and listen in.

Active attacks and exploits against smart TVs are rare, but not unheard of. Because every smart TV comes with their manufacturer’s own software and are at the mercy of their often unreliable and irregular security patching schedule, some devices are more vulnerable than others. Earlier this year, hackers showed it was possible to hijack Google’s Chromecast streaming stick and broadcast random videos to thousands of victims.

In fact, some of the biggest exploits targeting smart TVs in recent years were developed by the Central Intelligence Agency, but were stolen. The files were later published online by WikiLeaks.

But as much as the FBI’s warning is responding to genuine fears, arguably one of the bigger issues that should cause as much if not greater concerns are how much tracking data is collected on smart TV owners.

The Washington Post earlier this year found that some of the most popular smart TV makers — including Samsung and LG — collect tons of information about what users are watching in order to help advertisers better target ads against their viewers and to suggest what to watch next, for example. The TV tracking problem became so problematic a few years ago that smart TV maker Vizio had to pay $2.2 million in fines after it was caught secretly collecting customer viewing data. Earlier this year, a separate class action suit related to the tracking again Vizio was allowed to go ahead.

The FBI recommends placing black tape over an unused smart TV camera, keeping your smart TV up-to-date with the latest patches and fixes, and to read the privacy policy to better understand what your smart TV is capable of.

As convenient as it might be, the most secure smart TV might be one that isn’t connected to the internet at all.

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 3 months ago '08        #2
cristiansed101 
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 3 months ago '12        #3
Nas Won 
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We use to clown this n*gga in college who put tape over his laptop camera and even on the front camera of his iphone, like n*gga no one trying to spy on yo broke a*s

I can see if a politician or someone rich does this to avoid being blackmailed or maybe even a n*gga thats doing dirt but the average BX n*gga aint got sh*t to hide..

the only thing the hackers would see is a fat n*gga browsing BX all day and beating off to the thotties section
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 3 months ago '18        #4
Blaffy  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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 3 months ago '19        #5
blessings  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x81
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 Nas Won said
We use to clown this n*gga in college who put tape over his laptop camera and even on the front camera of his iphone, like n*gga no one trying to spy on yo broke a*s

I can see if a politician or someone rich does this to avoid being blackmailed or maybe even a n*gga thats doing dirt but the average BX n*gga aint got sh*t to hide..

the only thing the hackers would see is a fat n*gga browsing BX all day and beating off to the thotties section
He probably was involved in pedo
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 3 months ago '04        #6
Tastemaker331  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x7
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I just copped a smart TV and I dont use none of the features
My Xbox one handles has most of the features
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 3 months ago '07        #7
ototo7 
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 Tacko Fallspaus said
He probably was involved in pedo
I swear there’s a black mirror episode about this “shut up and dance”

 3 months ago '05        #8
Y.G. 
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I keep WiFi disconnected on all my TVs.
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 3 months ago '05        #9
pnoi89 
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Smart TV's are overrated.

HTPC's or Chromecasts only on my TV's.
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 3 months ago '12        #10
cal classick 
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I just copped a smart tv yesterday too

 3 months ago '06        #11
King Allister 
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 cal classick said
I just copped a smart tv yesterday too
and amazon is in everything between home cameras and sonos speakers.

 3 months ago '12        #12
cal classick 
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 King Allister said
and amazon is in everything between home cameras and sonos speakers.
My tv came with a free echo dot too. Damn they got me .

 3 months ago '07        #13
MELODY 
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Where's the camera on a smart tv?
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 3 months ago '15        #14
Minkscobar!  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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 MELODY said
Where's the camera on a smart tv?
Thats my question..

I have a LG 65" 65UM69
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 2 months ago '04        #15
eazyvaboy 
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I swear I'm that wierdo that has black tape over my work and home laptop computer cameras. It's not as uncommon as you might think.

But on another note, I setup a Samsung Smart TV last weekend to Samsung Smart Things and it had a prompt about allowing Samsung to collect your information but they did it in a slick way like it was a Privacy Policy that you had to accept before continuing but you can opt out of all of the data collection.

If I can get to the prompt again, I'll update this with a screenshot.

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 2 months ago '06        #16
bigkilla 
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 cal classick said
My tv came with a free echo dot too. Damn they got me .
 King Allister said
and amazon is in everything between home cameras and sonos speakers.
I just got an echo dot because my fiancé wanted one badly and sh*t was 99 cents if you copped a month of amazon music

I literally keep that sh*t unplugged 95% of the time. I use it in the shower when I wanna flip thru music.. that’s about it.

The crazy thing was she never realized that it’s listening 24/7.. I had to show her by having a regular convo with her and subtly dropping in “Alexa” and that sh*t turned on. Made her realize it’s always listening.
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 2 months ago '12        #17
cal classick 
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 bigkilla said
I just got an echo dot because my fiancé wanted one badly and sh*t was 99 cents if you copped a month of amazon music

I literally keep that sh*t unplugged 95% of the time. I use it in the shower when I wanna flip thru music.. that’s about it.

The crazy thing was she never realized that it’s listening 24/7.. I had to show her by having a regular convo with her and subtly dropping in “Alexa” and that sh*t turned on. Made her realize it’s always listening.
I just hooked mines up today. It’s pretty cool so far...




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 2 months ago '04        #18
doro85 
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 MELODY said
Where's the camera on a smart tv?
Some... not all have a camera...
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 2 months ago '07        #19
Bullseye 
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TVs are so yesterday anyway. It's all about the projector life! Less cost, less space and bigger screen. Cinematic feel.





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