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Technology Smart TV you just bought may be spying on you, FBI warns

00:20  03 december  2019
00:20  03 december  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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THE FBI has issued a Cyber Monday alert to warn hackers may use your new smart TV to spy on you and steal your cash. The crime-busting organisation says hi-tech tellies are a snooper's dream as they have to be connected to the internet to allow streaming services like Netflix.

Those Black Friday and Cyber Monday super sales are not only a boon for your bank account, but may also reap serious rewards for cyber criminals intent on causing harm, according to the FBI.

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In a pre-holiday message to consumers, an FBI field office is warning that "smart TVs" -- televisions equipped with internet streaming and facial recognition capabilities -- may be vulnerable to intrusion.

In addition to outlining how new advanced technological features risk allowing television manufacturers and app developers to snoop on consumers, the bureau says malicious cyber actors can also take control of unsecured smart TVs and potentially wreak havoc on unsuspecting owners.

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Smart TVs , which can connect to the internet, are among the many consumer electronics millions of Americans are buying on Black Friday. You 're viewing YouTube in Russian. You can change this preference below. Now the FBI is warning about the threats that lurk in the Internet of Things - and

Smart TVs are on a lot of Black Friday shoppers' list of doorbusters, but the FBI is warning that hackers may be able to spy on owners through their built-in cameras and microphones.

"Next-gen smart TVs and devices run complex software, have Internet connections, and often have integrated sensors like microphones," says Matt Tait, cybersecurity expert and former analyst at GCHQ, the British signals intelligence service. "These features enable things like internet streaming services and voice-commands, but can unfortunately be subverted by hackers if the device gets compromised."

"At the low end of the risk spectrum, they can change channels, play with the volume, and show your kids inappropriate videos," the FBI warning states. "In a worst-case scenario, they can turn on your bedroom TV's camera and microphone and silently cyberstalk you."

In order to guard against possible intrusion, the FBI recommends that smart TV owners educate themselves on their device's security settings (available from a simple Google search), change default network passwords set by manufactures, and understand how to enable and disable microphones and cameras.

If a particular smart TV does not allow the disabling of cameras, the bureau says placing black tape over the camera is one basic and simple solution to shutting out prying eyes.

Tait warns it is also extremely important for consumers to promptly install software updates routinely pushed out by smart TV manufacturers.

"Generally, customers who keep their devices up to date won't have too much to worry about," Tait says. "But for people who are particularly worried, or who don't want the new "smart" features, there is a simple solution to keep hackers out: unplug the device from your network."

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