She laughed. I laughed. The TV laughed. I shot the TV. “Blasted Decepticons!” That’s how a popular meme went after the Transformer movies hit it big. Today, it’s not so funny.
A recent FBI report warned smart TV users that hackers can also take control of your unsecured TV. “At the low end of the risk spectrum, they can change channels, play with the volume, and show your kids inappropriate videos. In a worst-case scenario, they can turn on your bedroom TV’s camera and microphone and silently cyberstalk you,” explained the FBI.
The risk isn’t new. A few years ago, smart TVs from LG, Samsung, and Vizio were spying and reporting on your viewing habits to their manufacturers.