Samsung's Smart TV can spy on you

2013-08-08 15:39
Thinus Ferreira
Cape Town – Your new Samsung Smart TV can be made to watch you while you're watching television, with the TV viewer unaware that they're being spied on.

Samsung tells Channel24 that they're aware of the issue and have released a security update to resolve the issue.

CBS News reported that hackers can now watch you while you're watching TV if you have a new Samsung Smart TV, with the viewer unaware that they're being watched. This happens due to the fact that the new Samsung Smart TV is equipped with a built-in camera so that users can use the Skype functionality.

Hackers however found a way to turn the camera on its owner and watch them whilst remaining undetected.

"They [hackers] can see live what is happening in front of the television or take still camera shots of you,"  one of the researchers, who demonstrated the ability to hack into the Samsung Smart TV, said about potential hackers who are able to exploit vulnerabilities in the smart TV set.

"There's no physical indicator or any visual indicator while hackers use your TV camera to look at you, that you'd be able to know your camera was on or that someone is taking pictures of you," one of the researchers told CBS News.

Software update

The shocking way in which a Samsung Smart TV can be used to spy on people was demonstrated on Friday during a demonstration in Las Vegas, when researchers, in front of an audience of children at Defcon Kids, showed how a Samsung Smart TV can secretly be turned on the TV viewer themselves through malicious code inserted into apps which comes with the TV set.

In a statement Samsung South Africa says Samsung "takes all concerns regarding consumer privacy and information security very seriously and is aware of the security issue regarding Smart TV".

Samsung says it has released a software update "to reslove the issue and will take every possible measure to vigorously enhance the security level on Samsung Smart TV and protect its customers' privacy".

Samsung says "Samsung Smart TV software is automatically upgraded" and that users can check whether they have the latest software by accessing their Smart TV settings.


  • Yondela Gupta-Valela - 2013-08-08 15:52

    LOVELY... How to hack it?

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-08-09 18:33


  • Craig McNiven - 2013-08-08 16:05

    But can we hack back into their systems and watch them watching us?. Fun for everyone

      Louis J Majawa - 2013-08-08 16:16

      Like hacking the hacker

      Xolile Namane - 2013-08-09 08:55

      Good one Craig.........hahahahahahaha

  • Conrad Marshall - 2013-08-08 16:19

    "Samsung South Africa says Samsung "takes all concerns regarding consumer privacy and information security very seriously and is aware of the security issue regarding Smart TV"...... bla bla bla... yeah right, don't tell me they didn't deliberately design this into the Smart TV....

      Arthur Salvado - 2013-08-08 16:47

      Wow Conrad, you're a conspiracy king or is it queen

      Vincent Wienand - 2013-08-08 19:01

      this facilty will be used extensively during the time of the Antichrist ruling the earth! shocked! read the bible, it is coming!revelation 13

  • Ndivhuwo Collins Makondo - 2013-08-08 16:24

    Do the US NSA have connections with Samsung? Looks like we need Snowden here.

  • Demetri Sharkie Giannopoulos - 2013-08-08 16:24

    this is stupid. how the hell am i suppose to watch porno now?

  • Wade Terblanche - 2013-08-08 16:24

    Prestick stuck over the camera, problem solved!

      Athena - 2013-08-08 18:29

      Low tech solution for a high tech problem! I love it!

  • Richard Scully - 2013-08-08 16:25

    This is Big brother...everyone was being watched everywhere they went

  • Freedom Ngubonde - 2013-08-08 16:53

    I call to all South Africans to stop buying the Samsung Smart TV. Stop now..I mean today.

  • wiki1982 - 2013-08-08 17:25

    Typical kinda screw up Samsung would make.

  • King Jack - 2013-08-08 18:20

    Government is tracking your internet activity, now they're spying on you literally. Technology is now working against us, no way I'm buying that TV.

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-08-09 18:34

      Soon all TVs will have it...

  • Prinses Sofia - 2013-08-08 18:54

    Stick a piece of paper over the camera # africasolutions

      Vincent Wienand - 2013-08-08 19:03

      they can still hear your voice!!

  • Patrick Chiloanne - 2013-08-08 18:59

    they m.ust upgrade urgently and re-call all tv's.

  • Mike Ndlovu - 2013-08-09 00:07

    a big zero rating for that. can't they simply make a camera with lid on that can be closed when not in use?

  • Willem Louw - 2013-08-09 07:59

    bah ha ha ha! Major flop for Samsung

  • Johan Jacobs - 2013-08-09 18:14

    You can run but you can't hide. :-}}

  • Soraya Asmal - 2013-08-10 07:47

    Don't know how much of fun I'd have watching other people watch tv.

  • Dewayne Downs - 2014-11-10 19:05

    Thanks wii not buy a samsung this is for the goverment use also no one is fulling anyone

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