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FBI warning to smart TV users

By Vincent Kejitan | December 3rd 2019

The FBI has sounded a warning to all smart TV users ahead of the holiday season.

In December, several shops around the world often have offers on electronics and other items but the FBI has urged smart TV users to exercise caution.

The FBI stated that smart televisions may be vulnerable to intrusion and their advanced features might expose users to hackers.

"Next-gen smart TVs and devices run complex software, have Internet connections, and often have integrated sensors like microphones.

"These features enable things like internet streaming services and voice-commands, but can unfortunately be subverted by hackers if the device gets compromised, “Matt Tait, cybersecurity expert and former analyst at GCHQ, was quoted by the CNN.

According to the FBI, in some cases, hackers can change channels, adjust the volume and show inappropriate videos to kids if security features are not turned on.

"In a worst-case scenario, they can turn on your bedroom TV's camera and microphone and silently cyberstalk you,” read the warning.

Smart TV users were advised to familiarize themselves with security settings and change network passwords.

Further, they were instructed to disable microphones and cameras when appropriate as well as placing black tape over the camera in extreme situations as well as install software updates.

"Generally, customers who keep their devices up to date won't have too much to worry about," said Tait.

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