Originally posted on CEPro by Rodney Bosch

 As the holiday season nears, it is a great time for integrators to remind their clients of the important safeguards they take to prevent their smart homes from being hacked. The FBI recently issued a specific warning on the vulnerability of smart TVs, which is information integrators can use to showcase their cybersecurity skills with clients.

The latest TVs are oftentimes equipped with built-in microphones and cameras, which allow users to communicate instructions to the TV or by using facial recognition. With these new feature sets, therein lies the danger for consumers and an opportunity for hackers.

“Beyond the risk that your TV manufacturer and app developers may be listening and watching you, that television can also be a gateway for hackers to come into your home. A bad cyber actor may not be able to access your locked-down computer directly, but it is possible that your unsecured TV can give him or her an easy way in the backdoor through your router,” the blog post reads.

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At a minimum, hackers can take control of the TV and change channels, adjust the volume or even play inappropriate videos. “In a worst-case scenario, they can turn on your bedroom TV’s camera and microphone and silently cyberstalk you,” the FBI warning states…

Read at CEPro

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