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Smart TVs can spy on their owners
Russia Today ^ | 15 Dec 2012

Posted on 12/16/2012 6:25:14 AM PST by shove_it

Viewers, beware: while you’re watching TV, your TV might be watching you back. A security firm discovered that Samsung’s Smart TV can give hackers access to the device’s built-in camera and microphones, allowing them to watch everything you do.

The Malta-based firm ReVuln posted a video showing its team of researchers hacking into one of the Samsung TVs and accessing its settings, channel lists, widgets, USB drives, and remote control configurations. The security flaw allows hackers to access any and all personal data stored on the TV.

“We can install malicious software to gain complete root access to the TV,” the video writes. With this access, hackers can use the Smart TVs built-in camera and microphones to see and hear everything in front of it. Instead of just watching TV, viewers could themselves be watched without knowing it.

But this flaw isn’t present in just one specific model. The vulnerability affects all 11 Samsung televisions of the latest generation. The Smart TVs have many of the same features as a computer, but lack the same kind of protection. The devices do not have security features such as firewalls and antivirus software...

(Excerpt) Read more at rt.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Technical
KEYWORDS: hacking; security
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Just wonderful.
1 posted on 12/16/2012 6:25:20 AM PST by shove_it
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To: shove_it

1984 is here.


2 posted on 12/16/2012 6:27:51 AM PST by bmwcyle (We have gone over the cliff and we are about to hit the bottom)
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To: shove_it; Las Vegas Dave

Ping


3 posted on 12/16/2012 6:28:53 AM PST by shove_it (the 0bama regime are the people Huxley, Orwell and Rand warned us about)
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To: shove_it
"With this access, hackers Holder and the NSA can use the Smart TVs built-in camera and microphones to see and hear everything in front of it. "
4 posted on 12/16/2012 6:30:09 AM PST by Sirius Lee (RE SP - Republicans, from Mitt Romney ..to Karl Rove... are said to be concerned she will win.")
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To: shove_it

Oh noos. I guess I best wear underwear again while watching Revenge....lol.


5 posted on 12/16/2012 6:31:01 AM PST by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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To: Sirius Lee

I’ll guarantee you one thing, they won’t catch me watching MSNBC.


6 posted on 12/16/2012 6:33:44 AM PST by shove_it (the 0bama regime are the people Huxley, Orwell and Rand warned us about)
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To: shove_it

I’d be less concerned about this than the same scenario on a smartphone.

Anything with video and audio recording capability that is connected to the internet can be taken over and used maliciously. Some devices are more difficult to access without authorization than others, but it’s possible with all of them. Add in GPS and you have tracking of movement and location in addition to audio and video.

It’s ripe for abuse, and not just in an official capacity, stalking is a very real concern with bad actors in the private sector and even in your personal life.

Most people are disinclined to even bother understanding it, let alone doing anything about it.


7 posted on 12/16/2012 6:35:22 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry

Interesting that that this news comes from a source named “Russia Today”.


8 posted on 12/16/2012 6:42:14 AM PST by shove_it (the 0bama regime are the people Huxley, Orwell and Rand warned us about)
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To: Sirius Lee

His Excellency is not going to like seeing me throwing him the bird every time his mug shows up on my TV screen.


9 posted on 12/16/2012 6:44:21 AM PST by Mouton (108th MI Group.....68-71)
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To: shove_it

LOL


10 posted on 12/16/2012 6:44:44 AM PST by Sirius Lee (RE SP - Republicans, from Mitt Romney ..to Karl Rove... are said to be concerned she will win.")
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To: shove_it; ADemocratNoMore; advertising guy; aft_lizard; AJMaXx; Alice in Wonderland; ...
Pinging the HDTV list..

HDTV pings!

Interested in the HDTV ping list?
Please Freepmail me (freepmail works best) if you would like your name added to the HDTV ping list,
(approximately 375+ freepers are currently on the HDTV ping list).
The pinged subjects can be HDTV technology, satellite, cable, OTA HD reception (Over The Air with roof top or indoor antennas), Broadcast specials, Sports, Blu Ray/HDDVD, and any and all subjects relating to HDTV.

Note: if you search Freerepublic using the keyword HDTV, you will find most of the past HDTV postings.

LasVegasDave.

11 posted on 12/16/2012 6:51:10 AM PST by Las Vegas Dave
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To: shove_it; ADemocratNoMore; advertising guy; aft_lizard; AJMaXx; Alice in Wonderland; ...
Pinging the HDTV list..

HDTV pings!

Interested in the HDTV ping list?
Please Freepmail me (freepmail works best) if you would like your name added to the HDTV ping list,
(approximately 375+ freepers are currently on the HDTV ping list).
The pinged subjects can be HDTV technology, satellite, cable, OTA HD reception (Over The Air with roof top or indoor antennas), Broadcast specials, Sports, Blu Ray/HDDVD, and any and all subjects relating to HDTV.

Note: if you search Freerepublic using the keyword HDTV, you will find most of the past HDTV postings.

LasVegasDave.

12 posted on 12/16/2012 6:52:12 AM PST by Las Vegas Dave
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To: shove_it

In a year or so I won’t have a TV, so I don’t care. I’m sick of pressing the channel button and making the rounds of the channels over and over again, and finding nothing at all that I can stand, let alone watch. TV is now little more than a propaganda tool to further tear down the little sense of ethics and morality that still remain.


13 posted on 12/16/2012 6:56:31 AM PST by I want the USA back (Yes.)
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To: shove_it

Note to self: Stop having sex with Victoria’s Secret models in TV room.


14 posted on 12/16/2012 7:01:47 AM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: shove_it

Ha! Shades of Yakov Smirnoff:

“In America, you watch television. In Soviet Russia, television watch you!”


15 posted on 12/16/2012 7:07:32 AM PST by LearsFool ("Thou shouldst not have been old, till thou hadst been wise.")
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To: Mouton

Hahaha!!! This “polite” 57 yo woman either flips the bird and/or hits the mute button or turns the channel! I have a feeling His Excellency is going to see a LOT of us flipping him the bird!


16 posted on 12/16/2012 7:34:19 AM PST by sneakers (Go Sheriff Joe!)
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To: sneakers

hmmmmm maybe I better quit watching the playboy channel,,,


17 posted on 12/16/2012 7:41:57 AM PST by Craftmore
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To: shove_it
"I always feel...like someone's watchin' me..."

Just imagine, millions of DNC smart phones.

Move over Batman!

18 posted on 12/16/2012 7:42:29 AM PST by PeaceBeWithYou (De Oppresso Liber! (50 million and counting in Afghanistan and Iraq))
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To: napscoordinator
"Oh noos. I guess I best wear underwear again while watching Revenge....lol."

Just moon it, or tape an eye ball picture back at the camera lense.

19 posted on 12/16/2012 8:02:14 AM PST by Average Al
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To: shove_it

I think it is time to mix all the cable connections to our 300+ home neighborhood. Let them figure out who they watching or monitoring. ;-)


20 posted on 12/16/2012 8:08:13 AM PST by Average Al
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To: shove_it

Don’t watch TV.


21 posted on 12/16/2012 8:10:54 AM PST by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: Average Al

So take 2 Smart HDTVs and face them at each other and see what happens....


22 posted on 12/16/2012 8:14:07 AM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: shove_it

Why do I care if I’m spied on?

(my imitation of Smart Meter supporters)


23 posted on 12/16/2012 8:15:36 AM PST by BobL (Did you know that the Chinese now buy close to twice as many new cars as Americans each year?)
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To: All

Dang it! No more watching porn with a rope tight around my neck while mastur . . . I mean . . This is bad. Intrusive even.


24 posted on 12/16/2012 8:30:17 AM PST by BipolarBob (I survived the Lindsay Lohan Bar, Grill and Fight Club.)
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To: shove_it

Look for a Friday night Executive Order requiring this “feature” in all new TVs starting 1/1/13.


25 posted on 12/16/2012 8:30:32 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: shove_it

Who wants a TV with a camera and microphone installed?


26 posted on 12/16/2012 9:00:27 AM PST by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: shove_it

“With this access, hackers can use the Smart TVs built-in camera and microphones to see and hear everything in front of it. Instead of just watching TV, viewers could themselves be watched without knowing it.”

George Orwell is not only rolling over in his grave, he is laughing at us.

Long live Big Brother!


27 posted on 12/16/2012 9:04:02 AM PST by Road Glide
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To: G Larry

A friend of ours was just telling us she has the new Samsung Smarty TV and she uses it to Skype. Guess her TV is *smarter* than she knew!


28 posted on 12/16/2012 9:05:26 AM PST by Jane Long (Philippians 2:11)
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To: shove_it

Duct tape

Red Green


29 posted on 12/16/2012 9:09:51 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: shove_it

The guy sent to spy on me deserves a pay raise, poor thing.


30 posted on 12/16/2012 9:28:43 AM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: shove_it

Post-It over the camera will take out the video portion of the problem. You could also play Yoko Ono or Nina Hagen music to kill the hearing of the folks gathering the audio. You will need hearing protection for yourself though.


31 posted on 12/16/2012 9:34:51 AM PST by Dutch Boy
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To: shove_it

I think I’ll keep my 1982 Zenith.


32 posted on 12/16/2012 9:37:18 AM PST by Nowhere Man (I miss you Whitey! (4-15-2001 - 10-12-2012). Take care, pretty girl!)
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To: shove_it

A short piece of black electrical tape over the lens should solve the problem.


33 posted on 12/16/2012 9:43:42 AM PST by FrankR (They will become our ultimate masters the day we surrender the 2nd Amendment.)
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To: Vaduz
Excellent lo-tech Patriotic solution to hi-tech leftist problem - Duct tape
34 posted on 12/16/2012 9:46:22 AM PST by shove_it (the 0bama regime are the people Huxley, Orwell and Rand warned us about)
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To: CrazyIvan

“Note to self: Stop having sex with Victoria’s Secret models in TV room.”

If I were with Victoria’s Secret models I’d want everybody to know!


35 posted on 12/16/2012 10:22:27 AM PST by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: shove_it

¿¿¿ W T F ???


36 posted on 12/16/2012 10:27:33 AM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything)
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To: shove_it

That was a ‘70s/80s conspiracy theory!

When conspiracy theories become reality!


37 posted on 12/16/2012 10:35:00 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: PeaceBeWithYou

You may have just stumbled on to the reason for the Obama phones....


38 posted on 12/16/2012 11:12:16 AM PST by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: shove_it

If I ever had access to someone’s TV like that, whenever they tried to change the channel, I’d change it right back. Just to screw with them, of course.


39 posted on 12/16/2012 11:22:23 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (You are not now, and will never be my President, Mr. Obama.)
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To: ShadowAce

Tech Ping worthy? I’d be interested in knowing what OS is running on these things. I’d bet it was an embedded linux with really bad defaults set up. (Or running as root)


40 posted on 12/16/2012 6:50:47 PM PST by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: napscoordinator

ROFL! Hot drink snorted through nose is veddy painful!


41 posted on 12/16/2012 7:01:56 PM PST by MWestMom ("And those that cried appease, appease were hung by those they tried to please" - Horace Mann)
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To: shove_it; rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; Salo; JosephW; Only1choice____Freedom; amigatec; ...

Trying something new per a suggestion from zeugma--I'm breaking up my ping list into two parts to shorten it--hopefully it will eliminate the double pings we've been seeing.

42 posted on 12/17/2012 6:14:10 AM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: NerdDad; bamahead; DTA; CarolinaGOP; papasmurf; ShorelineMike; TChris; Keith in Iowa; ...

Trying something new per a suggestion from zeugma--I'm breaking up my ping list into two parts to shorten it--hopefully it will eliminate the double pings we've been seeing.

43 posted on 12/17/2012 6:15:48 AM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: shove_it

44 posted on 12/17/2012 6:23:54 AM PST by NonValueAdded (If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, you've likely misread the situation.)
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To: shove_it

Just because I am paranoid does not mean they aren’t actually out there watching me.


45 posted on 12/17/2012 6:48:29 AM PST by commish (The takers rule. Time to implement the triple G plan - GOD, GUNS, & GOLD)
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To: I want the USA back
In a year or so I won’t have a TV

I turned mine off 12 years ago and never turned it back on. Don't miss it a bit.

46 posted on 12/17/2012 7:06:19 AM PST by KevinB (A country that would elect Barack Obama president twice is no longer worth fighting for.)
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To: shove_it

Yeah, but I’d assume anyone who has a TV connected to the Intertubes, it’s going to be behind some sort of router, because that will be the source of internet service and probably Wifi for the rest of the home, and the router provides some level of firewall.


47 posted on 12/17/2012 7:32:58 AM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Craftmore
hmmmmm maybe I better quit watching the playboy channel,,,

You're actually probably an exception to this. The camera lens on the front of your TV seems to be gummed up with some sort of foreign substance, so they can't watch you anyway.

48 posted on 12/17/2012 7:35:42 AM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Still Thinking

Where on a Samsung is the camera lense located?

CA....


49 posted on 12/18/2012 8:27:50 AM PST by Chances Are (Seems I've found that silly grin again....)
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To: zeugma

“I’d be interested in knowing what OS is running on these things. I’d bet it was an embedded linux with really bad defaults set up. (Or running as root)”

Most ppl set up a tv in their bedroom. Sooo... hackers could throw in some virtualization software in the mix to set up a back ComChannel. Then they could sit at their computers and chat back and forth while watching the poor victims. Shoot, they could probably sell access and make money from it as a business. lol!


50 posted on 12/31/2012 5:29:52 PM PST by Nita Nupress
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