Hacking the TV for fun and profit

How an Internet-connected Samsung TV can spill your deepest secrets
Hack demonstrates the growing vulnerability of consumer devices.

If you use a Samsung "Smart TV" that's connected to the Internet, there's a good chance Luigi Auriemma can hack into the device and access files stored on connected USB drives.

The researcher with Malta-based security firm ReVuln says he has uncovered a vulnerability in most Samsung models that makes it easy for him to locate their IP address on the Internet. From there, he can remotely access the device and exercise the same control someone in the same room would have. That includes gaining root access and installing malicious software. The attack exploits bugs in features that allow end users to install Skype, Pandora, and other types of apps. The TVs can be controlled using smartphone and tablet apps and in some cases by voice commands.


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