Samsung’s Smart TV can be hacked so that the hackers could watch you watching the TV, and you’d never know, according to a report by CBSNews.com.
These smart TVs are usually equipped with a camera so users can use Skype.
The article says "researchers told CBSNews.com that the more dynamic a website is, the more opportunities there are for inserting code. They point out that the problem is not with the apps but with the way they were designed for Samsung’s Smart TV."
Thus, "One of the immediate questions that arises is whether the TV can turn its camera on its owner and open a gateway for home surveillance. The researchers say that a hacker could potentially take control of the TV’s camera and remain undetected.
"’They could actually either see live, streaming video into your home or office or to take still camera shots of you,’ [one of the researchers] said about potential hackers. ‘There’s no physical indicator, nor visual indicator, that you’d be able to know your camera was on or taking pictures of you.’"
The story adds that the researchers "said that they’ve reached out to Samsung about their findings, and the company has been responsive to their research. It’s unclear if the security flaw can be found in TVs made by other manufacturers. A spokesperson for Samsung told CBSNews.com that the company is aware of the security issues regarding the Smart TV and has released a software update to resolve the issue. The company says it is taking measures to vigorously enhance security and protect its customers’ privacy."