Reportedly, the FBI wants us to know quite a few things, if you have just bought a smart television on Black Friday. Basically, smart televisions are as similar as normal TV sets having an internet connection. With the advent and development of Hulu, Netflix and many additional streaming services, internet connected TV’s are seen as a dream of cord-cutter by most of them. but anything, which connects to the internet, it opens hackers and security vulnerabilities of the smart television. Not just that, a lot of smart televisions come with a microphone and camera.
And in case of most additional devices connected to the internet, manufacturers do not put security as a priority more often. That is the key takeaway from the Portland field office of the FBI, posted a warning regarding the danger possessed by smart televisions on its official website. FBI wrote that, beyond the danger that your app developers and television manufacturers might be watching or listening you, that TV can too be a gateway for hackers to enter into your home. A bad cyber actor might not be able to access your locked down PC directly, but its possible that your unsecured television can allow an easy way via the router.
It has now been warned by the FBI that, hackers can take control of your unsecured smart television and in worst-to-worst cases, take control of microphone and the camera to listen and watch it. Active exploits and attacks against smart television are uncommon, but not ever heard of. Because each smart television comes with their own manufactured software and are at the mercy of their often irregular and unreliable security patching schedule, few devices are more vulnerable as compare to others. Initially this year, it has been shown by hackers that it was probable to takeover Chromecast of Google too.