Samsung: we heard that CIA may hack our smart TVs, and looking into the matter

Samsung: we heard that CIA may hack our smart TVs, and looking into the matter
By now you should have already heard about the largest scandal involving a US intelligence agency since the Snowden revelations. The CIA, tips Wikileaks, is capable of snooping on your phone or encrypted messaging chat app of choice with no less skill than the NSA, and the tools to hack your gear are probably coming exactly from there. What, CIA is spying on people?  

We know, right, it's hard to believe, but the problem is not that they are - after all, that's what taxpayers fund them to do - but that the spying is so ubiquitous, with barely any civilian oversight. 

The CIA can grab info from your iPhone, Android handset or Windows device with ease, it seems, and, what raised an eyebrow or two - it can even hack your smart TV to upload your convos directly to their servers, all while you are blissfully chatting it up in your living room with the TV turned off.

As if exploding phones, bursting washers, or corruption probes weren't enough problems for Samsung to deal with in the US, the Weeping Angle hacking tool that Wikileaks gave as an example that even smart TVs aren't secure, involves exactly Samsung's connected TVs. Apple already issued a statement that it has patched those exploits mentioned in the Wikileaks hacking memorandum, and Samsung was quick to follow with "Protecting consumers' privacy and the security of our devices is a top priority at Samsung. We are aware of the report in question and are urgently looking into the matter." 

The brevity of this statement tells us that Samsung may have been taken aback by the CIA hacking revelations, and is quick to answer users' concerns to prevent another backlash. The assuring words were issued by a spokesperson even though Samsung already includes warnings in the manual that the voice recognition software in its TVs can listen to conversations when the TV is off, so we expect further clarifications stemming from the Wikileaks hacking scandal.

source: The Inquirer

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15 Comments

1. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

oh damn...

2. drunkenjay

Posts: 1657; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

america. the country where they say they everyone is bad and they themselves are the freedom fighters.

14. TerryTerius unregistered

While you are not wrong, countries pretending as if their own wrongdoings were no big deal while hyping up everyone else's is hardly a unique thing to the US. If I were a bit to be even more Frank, morality depends on where you are standing.

3. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

We in America are sleeping and living in a Police state. We just need a Hitler reincarnation to do to Americans like Hitler did the Jews. Hitler spied on everyone, and claimed that the Jews stole their jobs and took the German economy down. Spying on you and false propaganda of the oligarchy's media will keep us sleeping until Armageddon befalls us. The 2% of the richest people run the world and directs the CIA to do their bidding while keeping you in the dark.

5. maherk

Posts: 6775; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Your current president is what Hitler was to Germany. Bernie was the best choice to run this country, but both the Democrats and Republicans would have never a decent like him get elected. Democrats would rather have Trump over Bernie and that's why they cared less when they screwed him over.

15. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Simple both Democrats and Republicans serve their respective corporate donors. Bernie is their common enemy.

4. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1042; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

America: Land of the..... Free???

6. sissy246

Posts: 7083; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

It's funny the people that think the US government does not do this kind of stuff. The US is just as bad as any country. It is all smartTVs, smart anything. Nothing is safe.

7. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1042; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Have you seen the movie Snowden? Really changes your view on the Government

10. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Gonna watch that tonight, already sounds interesting given the name...

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Smart people in the US, already know how our Gov't is. It's the outsiders who only hear and see what the media wants you to see, is where many have been deceived. I rather live in a Communist country where at least the Gov't is very upfront about their own wrongdoing, because the fact is, you cant do anything about it anyways.

8. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I knew ever since the CIA is full of s**t.

9. lyndon420

Posts: 6743; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Lol...and my brother thought I was being paranoid with turning off our router when we aren't using the internet - can't wait to show him this.

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The CIA hacking a TV would land them what? Smart TV's don't have cameras or mics. So what exactly could they spy on? What we watch? They already can get a full list of programs from any cable/satelite/OTA TV. So what exactly would hacking a TV land them? The US has a population of 350M people. The US Gov't, State, City, Cook and whatever local Gov't we have represent less than 5% of the total populous. I don't care how many weapons they have, they can't kill all os us, without killing people in another country. If we all over-ran them, they wouldn't stand a chance. All Gov't honest need to die. We don't need them. People can govern themselves. The Gov't can't protect everyone anyways. They all spy because they know they aren't any good and want to know when and if we plan to rise up against them.

13. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Any devices or electronics that use Internet access, simply placed them all behind a firewall or VPN. Don't use services that use hardcoded IP address. Having an IP that changes constantly would prevent any hack. The Internet was simply a planned too to be able to watch and spy on citizens from the beginning. From cameras on the street to now cars have internet access is all a big brother ploy. haha. Not worried. Spy on me all you like. But if I catch you doing so, you're gonna pay.

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