Back in the day, our TVs were simply displays that showed movies, the news, TV series, documentaries, and more from television broadcast stations. Nowadays our TVs have gotten smarter, allowing us to download apps, surf the web, play games, watch internet TV, and so on, but unfortunately that also means that it leaves itself open to being hacked.
In the past we have reported on instances where smart TVs have been found to be “spying” on its users, and a new Report published by Consumer Reports certainly doesn’t do anything to boost our confidence because based on their findings, it seems that Samsung and Roku smart TVs appear to be vulnerable to hacking.
The report is part a broad privacy and security evaluation led by Consumer Reports and it looked into various smart TV brands including LG, Sony, and Vizio. Based on what they found, it seems that TV sets by TCL (who makes some of Roku’s streaming media players) and Samsung had flaws in them, which allowed the researchers to remotely control the TV’s volume, cycle through channels, open YouTube content, knock the TV off the WiFi network, and so on.