The FBI published a report in which it explains the danger to which users who own a Smart TV are exposed. The paper reports how hackers have the ability to access home networks and then record everything that happens inside the home, using the built-in cameras and microphones that the TV has.
In addition, hackers have the ability to infiltrate the local Internet network and steal users’ personal data, such as passwords. They could even change the TV channels when children are the ones in front of the screen, with the sole objective that they end up consuming adult content.
A spokesperson for the Portland, Oregon FBI wrote on the bureau’s website:
“Beyond the risk that your TV manufacturer and app developers may be listening to you and watching you, that device can also be a gateway for hackers to enter your home.”
He further added:
” Smart TVsare so called because they connect to the Internet. This allows access to applications and streaming services. Many of them are also equipped with microphone and cameras.”
Any user worldwide with a Smart TV can be a victim of hackers.
The FBI was very insistent in indicating that any user in the world who owns a Smart TV can be a victim of these cyber attacks. This is why they urge everyone to take appropriate precautions, such as installing security updates, customizing privacy settings and changing passwords frequently.
“Know exactly what features your TV has and how to control them. Search the Internet with the number and model for the words ‘microphone,’ ‘camera,’ and ‘privacy.’ Don’t rely on the default settings.”
“Change passwords and know how to turn off microphones, cameras and personal information collection if possible. If you can’t turn them off, consider whether you are willing to take the risk of buying that model or using that service. If you can’t turn off a camera, but want to, a simple piece of black tape over the camera eye is a back-to-basics option.”
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