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Millions of Smart TVs Vulnerable To 'Red Button' Attack 155

Posted by Soulskill
from the red-buttons-are-scarier-than-blue-buttons dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers from Columbia University's Network Security Lab discovered a flaw affecting millions of Smart TVs supporting the HbbTV standard. The flaw allows a radio-frequency attacker with a low budget to take control over tens of thousands of TVs in a single attack, forcing the TVs to interact with any website on their behalf — Academic paper available online."
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Millions of Smart TVs Vulnerable To 'Red Button' Attack

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 08, 2014 @05:48AM (#47189559)
    There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can roll the image, make it flutter. We can change the focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity. For the next hour, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. We repeat: there is nothing wrong with your television set. You are about to participate in a great adventure. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to... The Outer Limits.
  • by FuzzNugget (2840687) on Sunday June 08, 2014 @07:36AM (#47189789)

    When you make cheap, shitty, under-engineered, non-compatible systems that can't be commodotized because everyone is banking on their propriety system taking off and cornering the market... that you'll end up with a cheap, shitty, under-engineered system with major security flaws?

    Yet another reason why Smart TVs are worse than useless.

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