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'Red Button Flaw' lets hackers take over your smart TV

'Red Button Flaw' lets hackers take over your smart TV
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A newly found flaw may leave your smart TV open to hackers.

The "Red Button attack" - named for the red button on TV remotes that controls interactive TV features - would use drones to compromise your TV. Drones would capture incoming digital broadcasts, alter them with malicious code, and send them out to TVs.

Within a minute or two, residents’ printers are spewing out unwanted coupons and phony Yelp reviews and Facebook posts are being created using their login credentials. Without any trace or sign of vandalism, an entire neighborhood’s smart TV sets have been compromised. The home owners don’t know it yet, but the hackers are already moving deeper into the home, sniffing for weakly or unprotected WiFi routers and PCs that may be attached. The hackers can lurk around as long as no one turns off the set or changes the channel, and when the hackers decide to go there’s no  way to retrace their steps.

The hack works if the smart TV is receiving over-the-air digital signals.

Experts are trying to figure out the most effective defenses against Red Button without significantly disrupting your television experience.

Smart TVs aren't the only gadgets in your home that can be hacked. Find out if your smart appliances can get hacked and turn on you.

Source: Forbes
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