Samsung TV cameras hacked

The flaws in Samsung Smart TVs, which have now been patched, enabled hackers to remotely turn on the TVs’ built-in cameras without leaving any trace of it on the screen. While you’re watching TV, a hacker anywhere around the world could have been watching you. Hackers also could have easily rerouted an unsuspecting user to a malicious website to steal bank account information.

I don’t even know how to express how creepy this is and how thankful I am that I’m not using a Samsung TV.



  • BC2009

    I almost bought a Samsung TV last year but could not bring myself to fork over any money to such a deceitful company. I too am glad I did not buy one for this and for other reasons (e.g.: Samsung’s continued use of deceitful practices to undermine tech websites and their forums with faked benchmarks and astro-turfing).

  • satcomer

    Had this been and AppleTV it would have been a stupid blogger storm about this.

  • GadgetGav

    When I saw the headline, I assumed it was about the cameras that TV studios use. I love gadgets as much as the next Loop reader, but I don’t want / need a camera in my TV. If I’m video conferencing with family I want to be mobile (laptop or tablet) to show them something other than the wall in my TV room.

  • Techpm

    I know lots of companies using Samsung Smart TVs in their meeting rooms. Just saying.

  • Martin Johnson

    Not sure why they even hacked it. I’ll bet for $100 and a mention on Stack Overflow Samsung would just give you access to the cameras.

  • lucascott

    This kind of nonsense is why I wouldn’t mind seeing an end to Smart TVs. That and the pricing.

    Lets go back to dumb display systems and let us add whatever bits we want to ‘smart’ it up