From CNN: http://tinyurl.com/nd9z3u8
There was a flaw in some Samsung TVs that allowed hackers to turn on
the tv's camera remotely. The hackers could watch some fat chick on the
couch eat Bon Bons while she was watching All Star Wrestling (or
The security company that discovered the flaw won't disclose it to
Samsung - unless Samsung pays for the information. This is the business
model of how some computer security companies operate. As far as I
know, the flaw is not known to the hacker / malware community.
The flaw is tied to the Skype application that runs on the TV.
If you don't connect the TV to the interent, then naturally it can't be
Most likely, if you turn of uPnP on your modem/router, then again the
exploit can't be leveraged.
Yes, but Samsung makes millions of TV sets.
If people could access your living room TV via Skype, they could spy on
you from your own TV. For me it wouldn't matter. Who wants to watch me
laying on the couch and watching TV for hours on end.
But if you get the right person lying on that couch with his secretary,
or get Toronto's Mayor Ford firing up a crack pipe in front of his TV,
or even video of the new Royal baby taking a dump in his diaper, that
video could be worth a lot of money.
On the other hand, it would be a great way to tell what your baby sitter
is doing when you're not home. Or, if you could feed the video to a
solid state hard drive so there were no whirring motors or tape
transport mechanisms to make noise, you could be recording what happens
in your living room whenever you're not using Skype. That way, if your
house gets broken into, you've got video of the perps.
Now, that gets a body thinking. I'm guessing that the right video of the
right person in compromising moment. Could be worth a pile, either as
the video goes viral, or the blackmail moneys to prevent it from going
I do approve of keeping an eye on babysitters. Ideally, a parent or
close relative is home with the kids. I saw a TV show one time about
babysitter cams. The people they featured were ignoring scream kids,
smoking in the house, and other abuses.
I also approve of watching the apartment or home when one is away.
Christopher A. Young
Learn about Jesus
On 8/2/2013 11:39 PM, nestork wrote:
I don't want anyone recording what's on the back of a piece of my tape.
It's my tape and no one has the right to record what's on the back of it.
Oh wait, if I know that the camera can be hacked, and I still apply the
tape, have I given implied permission to record what's on the back of it?
Sez the CNN article linked in OP:
Samsung quickly fixed the problem after security researchers at iSEC Partners
informed the company about the bugs. Samsung sent a software update to all
The security company might be offended that you call them extortionists. Looks
like they did disclose enough to fix the issue. Besides, some cameras can be
flipped down for privacy so the hacker will get an exciting 720p HD picture of
your carpet. The issue of an active mic would still exist though. For those TVs
where the camera is fixed, a strategically placed piece of masking tape over the
camera/mic will do the trick.
I love Samsung's response. Here's a reomte control so channel-changing
won't stress your fragile body. But you may want to walk over there
anyway to put tape on the camera & unplus the ethernet cable between uses.
A few years ago, the FBI helped a Chamber of Commerce office figure out
that a remotely controllable thermostat was exchanging TCP/IP packats
with a server in China.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.