Samsung and Roku Smart TVs Vulnerable to Hacking, Consumer Reports Finds

        Consumer Reports has found that millions of smart TVs can be
        controlled by hackers exploiting easy-to-find security flaws.
        The problems affect Samsung televisions, along with models
        made by TCL and other brands that use the Roku TV smart-TV
        platform, as well as streaming devices such as the Roku Ultra.
        We found that a relatively unsophisticated hacker could change
        channels, play offensive content, or crank up the volume,
        which might be deeply unsettling to someone who didn't
        understand what was happening. This could be done over the
        web, from thousands of miles away. (These vulnerabilities
        would not allow a hacker to spy on the user or steal
        information.)  The findings were part of a broad privacy and
        security evaluation, led by Consumer Reports, of smart TVs
        from top brands that also included LG, Sony, and Vizio.  The
        testing also found that all these TVs raised privacy concerns
        by collecting very detailed information on their users.

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