Two years ago, in particular in 2017 in May, Wikileaks revealed that the CIA used a software that allowed it to spy on certain people through Smart Samsung TV. The "weeping angel" exploit used the voice control system and recorded the conversations that took place in the room where the TV was. The conversations were then sent over the Internet to a secret CIA server.
Samsung had been informed of the vulnerability in its televisions and had stated that: “Consumer privacy and safety of our devices is a top priority of Samsung. We know this incident and we are addressing the issue. "
Even now, in June of 2019, Samsung advises its customers to search for viruses on QLED TVs themselves. We all know that it is necessary to scan our computer to detect malware. So we can make sure that our system is safe. Samsung states that this should be done for QLED TV, if it is connected to Wi-Fi! Consumers should scan their TV for viruses every few weeks to avoid attacks. Samsung has shown that this can be done by pressing some buttons on the remote control, but it is a relatively complex process.
However, most responded by saying that Samsung's proposed solution is not a solution to tackle the attacks.
Last year, Samsung corrected a vulnerability following a report by a consumer stating that smart TVs “could possibly be controlled by hackers, using errors that can be easily found ". However, even this vulnerability has been described by experts as "low risk".
A few years ago, Mashable had he says that "smart TVs can be hacked and tampered with". Some researchers reported at the Black Hat security conference that they found vulnerabilities in Samsung Smart TVs (2012 models). The vulnerabilities enabled them to activate the camera, take control of social media applications (eg Facebook or Skype) and access files and any other application.
Six years later, Samsung has not yet found an effective way of addressing vulnerabilities. These methods, proposed by Samsung (a complex process with remote control) to enhance security, are more likely to prevent people from buying smart TVs. Many people do not know much simpler things about their TVs. So, what are the chances to think about security practices?
Samsung, after all these comments, deleted the video with the virus scanning instructions.