Tech Break

Apr 4th 2017

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90% of Smart TVs Vulnerable to Hack

A proof-of-concept exploit embeds malicious commands in a TV broadcast.
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As many as 90% of Smart TVs are probably vulnerable to wireless hacking via rogue TV signals. Security researcher Rafael Scheel, with the Swiss cyber security consulting company Oneconsult, has developed and demonstrated an over-the-air remote exploit of a Samsung television.

The proof-of-concept exploit uses a low-cost transmitter to embed malicious commands into a television broadcast. When received by a television set (in this case two different fully patched Samsung models) it was able to exploit two known security flaws in the Web browsers running in the background to obtain root privilege access to the TVs.

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