During Black Friday, many consumers purchased smart TVs. The FBI, which warned that smart TVs, which hook up to the internet to allow users to access apps and stream Netflix and other video services, can be gateways for hackers. Hackers can take control of unsecured TVs and can do everything from changing channels to turning on your bedroom TV’s camera and microphone and silently stalk you.
Smart TVs also have other security issues, such as the ability for hackers to compromise them to infiltrate home Wi-Fi setups and penetrate other devices on the network. A hacker may not be able to access a computer directly, but it is possible that unsecured TVs can give them an easy way in the backdoor through your router.
The feds also warned of the potential risk that your TV manufacturer and app developers may be listening and watching you, noting that newer TVs with built-in cameras allow video-chatting. Some models have facial recognition, so the TV knows who is watching and can suggest programming.