LG Smart TVs are tracking their owners

Have you ever thought that your TV could allow hackers to get into your television and infect it malware? It seems that it’s possible if you are the owner of the smart TV. According to blogger DoctorBeet, who already noticed a security hole in his Samsung TV last year, he has recently discovered something interesting on his LG Smart TV.

It seems that the hole in LG Smart TV is not as bad as the one, which was discovered on Samsung TV . Instead of allowing hackers to infect TVs with malware, track their owners and similar activities, LG Smart TV is set to send data about people’s viewing habits. As DoctorBeet claims, no matter if you disable the “Collection of watching info” option in the system settings menu or not, this smart TV can still send data back to its manufacturer: it simply connects to the URL and reports what channels are your favorites and how much time do you spend watching them.

The worst part is that researcher has also noticed that some filenames of some media that were kept on his USB stick have also been transmitted! According to LG, the Terms and Conditions notify about this thing and, if you don’t read this, that’s your problem then.

If you are LG Smart TV’s owner and now you are scared that something is tracking you, you have some options: DoctorBeet tells about 7 domains that you should block via your router and make sure that your data is protected.

  1. James Ford says:
    May 29th, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    I purchased a LG smart TV and It worked well Until I registered it Then LG sent me a firmware download, When I downloaded I was asked to authorize LG to spy on me!
    If I did not comply they would not allow my TV to function properly . So now they are holding my TV hostage until I allow them to spy on me!
    This would seem to be their answer to their original release of the spyware,They will stop you from enjoying your purchase unless you allow them to spy
    I have never bee so mad in my life!
    and of coarse LG will do nothing about it
    I would hope there could be a lawsuit against Them!
    I will Never Buy LG Again!
    Ps They also want you to authorize the to listen to you through the TV and remote

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