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Family claims hacker taking control of cable box, sending threats
FOX59 Indianapolis ^ | Mar 27, 2014 | Yvonne Man

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 Alana’s 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 ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: creepy; hacker

1 posted on 03/27/2014 11:11:36 PM PDT by Ray76
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To: Ray76

There have always been pranksters but this one sounds downright sick.


2 posted on 03/27/2014 11:19:18 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Ray76
“It’s astonishing. It’s spooky because there aren’t a lot of ways you can get into someone’s 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 that’s line of sight. You usually have to be in the room or within a close distance and clear vision to the box you’re 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."
3 posted on 03/27/2014 11:24:29 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: Ray76

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.


4 posted on 03/27/2014 11:25:12 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: BuckeyeTexan

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.


5 posted on 03/27/2014 11:26:44 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Ray76

Is the NSA into cable boxes now? ... :-) ...


6 posted on 03/27/2014 11:27:40 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

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?


7 posted on 03/27/2014 11:28:23 PM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: Mark17

The TV would need an image camera to do that. I doubt it unless one’s built into the cable box.


8 posted on 03/27/2014 11:29:55 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I wonder if they have an x-box Kinect


9 posted on 03/27/2014 11:34:03 PM PDT by Ray76 (Profit from the mistakes of others, you'll never live long enough to make them all yourself.)
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To: Mark17

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.


10 posted on 03/27/2014 11:39:40 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Ray76

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.


11 posted on 03/27/2014 11:39:54 PM PDT by DemforBush (The scourge of mariachis and polka bands everywhere.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

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? :-)


12 posted on 03/27/2014 11:40:08 PM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: Ray76

A Kinect has a camera and some image recognition smarts in it.


13 posted on 03/27/2014 11:40:50 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Mark17

No job right now, though I do interview tomorrow.


14 posted on 03/27/2014 11:41:17 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Good Luck.


15 posted on 03/27/2014 11:42:09 PM PDT by Ray76 (Profit from the mistakes of others, you'll never live long enough to make them all yourself.)
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To: DemforBush

That really is sick. Back when even pranksters were decent, they’d say they were a ghost or something like that.


16 posted on 03/27/2014 11:42:51 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Ray76

Thanks. I’m heading to the sack in about 5 min.


17 posted on 03/27/2014 11:44:12 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Could be. IDK.

What I do know is that line-of-sight access likely isn’t required to do what is being claimed.


18 posted on 03/27/2014 11:50:38 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

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.


19 posted on 03/27/2014 11:53:04 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Well, praise Jesus and my prayers for your interview. Best to you and yours.


20 posted on 03/27/2014 11:53:46 PM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: Mark17

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.


21 posted on 03/27/2014 11:56:06 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Ray76

“They’re baaack. . . .”


22 posted on 03/28/2014 12:00:18 AM PDT by kaehurowing
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Go to bed. You have an interview tomorrow.

:)


23 posted on 03/28/2014 12:00:45 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: Ray76

24 posted on 03/28/2014 12:01:46 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Got to get my brain good and geeky beforehand. G’nite.


25 posted on 03/28/2014 12:02:10 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

The pic at the site shows text that has been entered into a search-text field on the box’s software user interface.


26 posted on 03/28/2014 12:04:53 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Also shows customized text labels for lists (favorites, etc.) Seems like a software hack not a line-of-sight remote control.


27 posted on 03/28/2014 12:10:05 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: ShadowAce

Of possible interest ping


28 posted on 03/28/2014 12:12:17 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: Ray76

They even did it with cops and media there? Weird


29 posted on 03/28/2014 12:40:39 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Ray76

Can be done with bluetooth from very close by. It’s a neighbor within 100 ft.


30 posted on 03/28/2014 12:59:51 AM PDT by chuckles
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To: Ray76

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.


31 posted on 03/28/2014 1:04:35 AM PDT by firebrand
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Cableboxs for some companies have cameras and mic’s for the cable company to monitor. Linux is not hack proof.


32 posted on 03/28/2014 1:30:25 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: firebrand

Places like target track individuals and can predict what you individually will buy.


33 posted on 03/28/2014 1:35:12 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Ray76

If they have a smart TV someone could doing this with a smart phone or tablet.


34 posted on 03/28/2014 2:29:52 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

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.


35 posted on 03/28/2014 3:08:53 AM PDT by Justa
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To: Ray76

It’s someone in the neighborhood with cable internet from same provider.


36 posted on 03/28/2014 4:23:12 AM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Darksheare

Could they eliminate this by switching to Direct TV or Dishnet?


37 posted on 03/28/2014 4:37:44 AM PDT by Russ (Repeal the 17th amendment)
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To: Russ

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.


38 posted on 03/28/2014 4:59:33 AM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Mark17
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?

You're not going to wear *that* again today, are you? :O

39 posted on 03/28/2014 6:23:48 AM PDT by The Duke ("Forgiveness is between them and God, it's my job to arrange the meeting.")
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To: The Duke

LOL, I can just imagine some freak watching everything.


40 posted on 03/28/2014 8:53:12 AM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: Ray76

Bump


41 posted on 03/30/2014 12:47:05 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: Mark17
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?

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?

42 posted on 03/30/2014 12:52:45 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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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.

43 posted on 03/30/2014 1:28:13 PM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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Can’t really envision how that would be possible short of the monitor having a built-in camera.


44 posted on 03/30/2014 1:29:12 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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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.

45 posted on 03/30/2014 2:05:15 PM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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