Sunday, December 16, 2012

And y'all thought I was just being paranoid.....

Viewers, beware: while you’re watching TV, your TV might be watching you back. A security firm discovered that Samsung’s Smart TV can give hackers access to the device’s built-in camera and microphones, allowing them to watch everything you do.

The Malta-based firm ReVuln posted a video showing its team of researchers hacking into one of the Samsung TVs and accessing its settings, channel lists, widgets, USB drives, and remote control configurations. The security flaw allows hackers to access any and all personal data stored on the TV.
“We can install malicious software to gain complete root access to the TV,” the video writes.
With this access, hackers can use the Smart TVs built-in camera and microphones to see and hear everything in front of it. Instead of just watching TV, viewers could themselves be watched without knowing it.
But this flaw isn’t present in just one specific model. The vulnerability affects all 11 Samsung televisions of the latest generation. The Smart TVs have many of the same features as a computer, but lack the same kind of protection. The devices do not have security features such as firewalls and antivirus software.


Ironwill III said...

So why do these TV's need to have a camera built in? Is it for online video chatting or something?

Anonymous said...

Nineteen Eighty Four (and its "Two way telescreens") was supposed to be a warning and not an instruction manual.

Anonymous said...

And the fuckers are pushing the school shooter's mother as a survivalist as though that is what made him a nutter. Asshole fuckers!

Be paranoid about what they want to do to preppers, 'cause it'l be true.

Michael in Nelson

Robert Fowler said...

Michael in Nelson; pushing the school shooter's mother as a survivalist as though that is what made him a nutter.

Yep, they are saying she was a "prepper". Another villain to add along with gun owners and Constitutionalists. Licence to purchase groceries?

Tim said...

Read this one:

Two quotes: "He noted that the Aurora shooter, who killed twelve people earlier this year, had a choice of seven movie theaters that were showing the Batman movie he was obsessed with. All were within a 20-minute drive of his home. The Cinemark Theater the killer ultimately chose wasn’t the closest, but it was the only one that posted signs saying it banned concealed handguns carried by law-abiding individuals. All of the other theaters allowed the approximately 4 percent of Colorado adults who have a concealed-handgun permit to enter with their weapons."

"With just one single exception, the attack on congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson in 2011, every public shooting since at least 1950 in the U.S. in which more than three people have been killed has taken place where citizens are not allowed to carry guns."

hiswiserangel said...

I must be infected with the paranoia. I have a little piece of tape over the camera lens on my laptop.

Anonymous said...

I am SO fucking vindicated! I have been telling people for years, ever since DTV came out that the technology for them to watch you in front of your TV is there! I read some where Verizon is patenting a DVR type box that will watch you to send appropriate commercials as per what you are doing/watching. Hmmm screwing on the sofa, up pops ads for condoms, birth control and the morning after pill. LOL

Anonymous said...

Not that I would, but if I had one of these infernal things, they can just sit and watch me sleep in front of the motherfucker because nothing is ever on.