Skip to comments.Family claims hacker taking control of cable box, sending threats
Posted on 03/27/2014 11:11:36 PM PDT by Ray76
A family claims they are being terrorized by their cable box. For more than a week, personal and harassing messages are showing up on their TVs.
Meeks said it started more than a week ago he or someone has taken control of her AT&T cable box and typing messages on two of her TVs.
The family showed us a few. One wrote: ISEEYOUHAHA. Others even threatened to hurt Alanas 9-year-old granddaughter, Aniya.
He wants to do more than hurt her, said Meeks. He wants to have sex with her. Pervert.
Some were quick to judge. However, an officer who stopped by saw it himself, according to a police report.
FOX59 cameras were rolling when it happened again. Whoever was typing knew we were there, too.
(Excerpt) Read more at fox59.com ...
There have always been pranksters but this one sounds downright sick.
Its astonishing. Its spooky because there arent a lot of ways you can get into someones cable box, said Fred Cate, research director for the Indiana University Center for Applied Cybersecurity. The most common ways would be using a remote control, an infrared device, but thats line of sight. You usually have to be in the room or within a close distance and clear vision to the box youre changing the channel on or doing the typing on."Um, what? If the cable box is running software and on the network, the hacker doesn't need "line of sight."
Someone has cameras or has activated the cameras built into their computers and tv. Probably some bored 12 y/o boy who deserves to be fully prosecuted when discovered. Meanwhile stop using those tvs.
Aren’t a lot of these boxen running open source Linux? Linux is as hackproof as it is administered to be. If it is a box where everything merrily runs as root, expect issues.
Is the NSA into cable boxes now? ... :-) ...
Sick is right, but I have always heard that the technology exists, where people can peer at you through your TV set, and you would never know it. I wonder if there really is something to that?
The TV would need an image camera to do that. I doubt it unless one’s built into the cable box.
I wonder if they have an x-box Kinect
Back in the pioneer days of TV, it was done by shining a moving point light of constant intensity at the scene being televised and then picking up the reflected light with a stationary photo-eye. The image was reconstructed with a similar moving point light, except modulated by the signal from the photo-eye.
Except to the extent one could perform such a moving spot scan, there would not be any way to visualize what is standing in front of the CRT or flat-screen by means of using a stationary photo-eye. It might be able to pick up something shadowy and vague and infer whether a person is there or not. It couldn’t see the features of the person or determine how he is dressed, etc.
Pretty freaky stuff. I imagine the vulnerability that’s allowing access will be found out soon enough. Hopefully that will lead to an arrest. Whoever is doing this deserves to be prosecuted fully. Terrorizing that little girl is beyond contemptible.
I just googled some information on it, between posts. BTW, I am retired, so I can stay up late, and it is almost mid night here on the left coast, so what is your excuse for being up so late? :-)
A Kinect has a camera and some image recognition smarts in it.
No job right now, though I do interview tomorrow.
That really is sick. Back when even pranksters were decent, they’d say they were a ghost or something like that.
Thanks. I’m heading to the sack in about 5 min.
Could be. IDK.
What I do know is that line-of-sight access likely isn’t required to do what is being claimed.
Probably. Someone who cut into the cable could launch a man in the middle attack on the signal. It isn’t told here exactly how the offensive text appears, whether it is superimposed on the video signal or what.
Well, praise Jesus and my prayers for your interview. Best to you and yours.
Thanks. I actually had a verbal job offer but the company that says it wants to hire me, is now playing rope a dope with the budget. Even the head hunter is losing patience. Why did they bother the head hunter for a job they are not going to follow through on, or will drag their feet on? I bested 5 other candidates.
But this one might be more convenient. It will be in my geographic area. The other one would require me to lodge out of town during the week.
“They’re baaack. . . .”
Go to bed. You have an interview tomorrow.
Got to get my brain good and geeky beforehand. G’nite.
The pic at the site shows text that has been entered into a search-text field on the box’s software user interface.
Also shows customized text labels for lists (favorites, etc.) Seems like a software hack not a line-of-sight remote control.
Of possible interest ping
They even did it with cops and media there? Weird
Can be done with bluetooth from very close by. It’s a neighbor within 100 ft.
There was a hacker in Starbucks Wednesday scaring us all. The technology will soon all be connected, even the electronic lock on your door. Computers not connected to the Internet can be invaded, but you knew that.
He got everyone’s attention by telling the barista that soon there will be technology that tells the person using the cash register how frequent a customer you are when you use your credit card or your Starbucks card.
Cableboxs for some companies have cameras and mic’s for the cable company to monitor. Linux is not hack proof.
Places like target track individuals and can predict what you individually will buy.
If they have a smart TV someone could doing this with a smart phone or tablet.
1) Hack into the modem using the ~unchanged default password~.
2) Enable web features.
3) Use their smart-TV’s features to activate the camera.
4) Use the web interface for program searches to display text to victims.
They need to set the password on their cable provider’s modem. If they can’t (hacker already changed it) they need to call their provider to reset the password.
It’s someone in the neighborhood with cable internet from same provider.
Could they eliminate this by switching to Direct TV or Dishnet?
If that is what is going on, yes.
I’m guessing, obviously.
Cable internet is in behavior similar to a large home network.
Everyone in your neighborhood would be like a computer on that network.
You're not going to wear *that* again today, are you? :O
LOL, I can just imagine some freak watching everything.
Had a great aunt who refused to watch Ed Sullivan without her hair and makeup done. Didn't want him seeing her looking like a mess. Is this what you mean?
Not at all. I have just heard rumors that government agents or other nefarious people, wait, I just repeated myself, are able to peer into your house through your TV set. I don't know if it is true, I just hear rumors.
Can’t really envision how that would be possible short of the monitor having a built-in camera.
I just googled for some info on it.