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Tuesday, February 07, 2017


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Wise consumers realize that law enforcement treats smart TVs just like any other computing device (e.g., desktop, laptop, tablet, phone):

"Whilst Vizio and other TV manufacturers will likely pay more heed to consumers' desire to keep Big Brother out of their home lives, police are just starting to get their heads round the idea that such connected devices might have useful evidence within. Thus far, I've only been able to uncover one case in which the feds sought to look through the information stored on the set. It occurred in June 2016, when San Diego officers working for the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) unit sought information from the Samsung smart TV of Mikhail Feldman... Feldman had admitted to watching adult and child pornography on his Samsung television, using Google on the TV to find the material. The warrant treats the TV like a normal computer, allowing the feds to access all files stored on the Samsung device that pertained to child abuse imagery and video, as well as browsing history, online profiles and associated passwords, amongst other data... Police were right to look at the TV like a standard PC. According to Rob Lee, digital forensics and incident response lead at the SANS Institute, said in many cases, TVs are just "very large smartphones." "So the potential for exploitation is there," he added."

And wise consumers do the same. Here's why:

"... malicious hackers have found weaknesses across smart TVs before. At the end of 2016, a software engineer warned about ransomware appearing on his LG TV. Reports of such activity emerged earlier that year... Whilst the case of the Samsung TV shows how home-connected devices should be treated like typical digital devices, smart televisions don't come with the same security protections. That extends to Apple TV too, says Mattia Epifani, CEO of Italian forensics experts Reality Net..."

That Time Cops Searched A Samsung Smart TV For Evidence Of Child Abuse


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