Samsung And Roku Smart TVs Vulnerable To Hacking Alleges Consumer Reports

Samsung And Roku Smart TVs Vulnerable To Hacking Alleges Consumer Reports

Samsung And Roku Smart TVs Vulnerable To Hacking Alleges Consumer Reports

Smart TVs from Samsung and Roku may be vulnerable to hacking, according to a study by U.S. group Consumer Reports. This could be done over the web, from thousands of miles away.

The study found that the five biggest TV brands in the United States - Samsung, LG, Sony, TCL and Vizio - were all susceptible to having programs tracked by hackers, and that it was possible for outsiders to get into two of the brands, Samsung and the Roku TV from TCL, and take full remote control of the TVs. The problems testers found affect Samsung televisions along with TV models made by TCL and other brands that use the Roku TV platform. A "relatively unsophisticated" hacker could change channels, play offensive content, or raise the TV's volume without the owner's awareness.

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Working with engineers from security firm Disconnect, Consumer Reports found the flaws rather easily.

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As for Samsung, the vulnerability was a bit more intricate, but still there.

Maria Rerecich: "This happens because many smart TVs have a programming interface, called an API, that lets you use for smartphone or tablet as a remote control over wifi". "Unfortunately, the mechanism they use to ensure that applications have previously been authorized is flawed". It found millions of smart TV's don't do enough to protect your security. And with smart TVs becoming more readily available - only 16 of more than 200 midsize to large sets rated by Consumer Reports are of the dumb variety - it more important that consumers are aware of what they are getting themselves into when purchasing these types of devices. And now you're lounging about on your sofa, streaming the new Netflix series "Altered Carbon" or catching up on Hulu's Emmy award-winning dystopian drama "The Handmaid's Tale", in all the glory that ultra-high def/4K video can give you. When it comes to data collection it's a little trickier, but you can limit it.

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