Consumer Reports investigation finds millions of smart TVs can be hacked

Wednesday, February 07, 2018 06:46AM
An investigation by Consumer Reports found millions of smart TVs could be hacked. The problems affect Samsung, TCL and other brands that use the Roku TV platform.


An investigation by Consumer Reports found millions of smart TV's could be hacked. The problems affect Samsung, TCL and other brands that use the Roku TV platform.

Consumer Reports was able to show how hackers can take over your TV, changing the channels, playing offensive content and turning the volume up to full blast.

"This happens because many smart TVs have a programming interface, called an API, that lets you use for smartphone or tablet as a remote control over WiFi. In some cases, we found that this API was not properly secured and that could let a hacker control your TV," said Maria Rerecich, Consumer Reports Electronics Testing

Samsung and Roku both responded to the report, saying they take privacy and security seriously. TCL referred to Roku's response.

7 On Your Side's Michael Finney will have more on this warning tonight on ABC7 News.

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Click here for a look at more stories by Michael Finney and 7 On Your Side.

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