Hackers can control smart TVs using security flaws, Consumer Reports has found.
“We found that a relatively unsophisticated hacker could change channels, play offensive content, or crank up the volume,” stated the report.
The attack can be conducted over the web, but the vulnerabilities do not allow a hacker to access user information.
The problems affect Samsung televisions, and models made by TCL and other brands that use the Roku TV smart-TV platform.
“To become a victim, a TV user would need to be using a phone or laptop running on the same Wi-Fi network as the television, and then visit a site or download a mobile app with malicious code,” said Consumer Reports.
“That could happen, for instance, if they were tricked into clicking on a link in a phishing email or if they visited a site containing an advertisement with the code embedded.”
It will also affect certain Roku streaming media players, it added.
Samsung said it is aware of the report and is investigating, with fixes to be released in the future.
Update: Consumer Reports “got it wrong”
Roku has issued a statement on the Consumer Reports article, posted below: