As if the NSA, CIA and almost any security agency hacking your electronics isn’t bad enough. Now there is a new way to hack your smart TV.
This new exploit was developed by Rafael Scheel of cyber security firm Oneconsult. It uses a low-cost transmitter for embedding malicious commands into a rogue DVB-T (Digital Video Broadcasting — Terrestrial) signals.
The attack exploits two known privilege escalation vulnerabilities in the web browsers running in the background and once compromised, attackers could remotely connect to the TV over the Internet, hackers can then use the interfaces to take complete control of the device.
Once your TV is compromised, it would be infected in a way that neither device reboots nor factory resets would help the victims get rid of the infection.
Most previous Smart TV hacks, including Weeping Angel (described in the CIA leaked documents), required some sort of physical access to the targeted device or relied on social engineering.
However, Scheel’s exploit eliminates the need for hackers to gain physical control of the device and can work against a vast majority of TV sets at once.