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Chromecast hack lets you hijack any TV

Chromecast hack lets you hijack any TV
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It's a Rickroll unlike any other. All you need is a Raspberry Pi computer and a little know-how.

But it's not all fun and games. Anyone who knows this hack can change the video from a Rickroll to something more malicious.

Security researcher Dan Petro discovered a hack that can take over any TV using Chromecast.  To demonstrate the hack, he used Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" all with the help of his "Rickmote."

The Rickmote is simply a Raspberry Pi computer with wireless cards, a touch screen and a plastic case.

How does it work? Here's what Petro told The Guardian:

"The Rickmote accomplishes this by briefly disconnecting nearby Chromecasts from their Wi-Fi. When this loss of connectivity occurs, the Chromecast tries to reconfigure and accepts commands from anyone within proximity. The Rickmote automatically provides this configuration in the form of everyone’s favorite Rick Astley song on loop."

Here's the bad news. While this hack is friendly, they won't all be. With this in mind, Google made a calculated decision to not do anything about the hack because it might be too complicated to fix. The system that would need repair is also vital to Chromecast being so easy to set up, and once a fix is in place, there's a chance it could cause worse problems.

Want to try out another streaming service that isn't as vulnerable to attacks? Click here to use my handy streaming media comparison chart to explore all of your options. 

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Source: The Guardian
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