Millions of Smart TVs Vulnerable to Hacking
Consumer Reports recently reported that millions of Smart TVs are subject to a security flaw. This vulnerability allows hackers to take control of your Internet-connected TV, install apps and play offensive material.
Roku Installed TVs
The flaw affects Samsung and TLC brands using the Roku TV smart-TV platform. It also affects streaming devices such as the Roku Ultra. Apparently, this security flaw does not allow the hacker the ability to steal sensitive information such as credit card numbers.
The Weak Link
Consumer Reports believes that Roku’s API which allows developers to build their own “TV remote” apps is the weak link. However, the process of getting hacked is quite involved. First, you would need to have installed one of these Roku apps. Then use your smartphone or computer on the same WiFi network as your TV. You would have to download an infected app or visit a malicious website.
Roku called this a gross “mischaracterization of a feature.” They responded, assuring users that their software is completely secure and there is no bug where a hacker might take control of your TV.