Security alert over Samsung’s ‘easily hackable’ Smart TV

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 11:47

London: Hackers can easily gain access to Samsung Smart TV’s built-in camera and microphones to watch everything that happens in your living room, it has emerged.

Malta-based security firm ReVuln posted a video showing how its researchers had learned to crack the television to access its settings, including any personal information stored on it.

“We can install malicious software to gain complete root access to the TV,” they claimed in the video.

With such malware installed, hackers could use the Smart TV''s built-in microphones and camera to hear and see everything in front of it.

According to the Daily Mail, Samsung''s Smart TV can be used to browse the internet, use social networks, watch net-based commercial film streaming services and play online games, among other things.

The devices can also be controlled by voice commands and gestures, using their microphones and cameras to detect what is happening in front of them.

However, the Smart TV''s are connected to the Internet and are vulnerable to hackers who can access the device and access files stored on them, the report said.

The paper quoted Luigi Auriemma, co-founder of ReVuln, as saying that ‘he found a way to track down the IP address of the device and gain access to seize control and scour any drives connected to it.’


First Published: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 11:44

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