FBI Issues Smart TV Cybersecurity Warning to holiday shoppers

FBI Issues Smart TV Cybersecurity Warning to holiday shoppers
The Siliconreview
04 Decemebr, 2019

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has recently issued a warning to holiday shoppers in New York City who are all set to swap some of their hard-earned cash for a smart TV. A recent statement that was released from FBI Oregon branch, warned the public that an unsecured TV that is connected to the internet could be used as a conduit for cyber-criminals to gain entry into a home.

The FBI said: "Beyond the risk that your TV manufacturer and app developers may be listening and watching you, that television can also is 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 can give him or her easy way in the backdoor through your router. In a worst-case scenario, they can turn on your bedroom TV's camera and microphone and silently cyber-stalk you," said the FBI."

The smart TV owners were advised that hackers who had taken control of an unsecured set could do or create any sought of mess around with volume controls to show inappropriate violent or other explicit videos to children.

Shoppers were also warned that they just cannot depend on the default security settings of any devices that they might purchase to provide protection for themselves and their families. In such scenarios, it is better to change the passwords. The FBI is taking required precautionary measures to reduce cybercrimes in and around USA.