Ransomware locks LG Android TV

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#1

We’ve just posted the following news: Ransomware locks LG Android TV[newsimage]http://www.myce.com/wp-content/images_posts/2016/12/C0iyzwLUQAAUKWE-95x75.jpg[/newsimage]

Owners of smart TVs running Android should be warned, ransomware can also infect televisions. Twitter user Darren Cauthon has tweeted how the TV of a family member was bricked after it was infected by ransomware.

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#2

There’s no technology that is safe from idiots.


#3

Moral of the story, [I]anything [/I]which contains a programmable computer and some non-volatile storage it can potentially be infected.

They’re probably onto a successful business model here - likely victims may not value their data, but they certainly value their big shiny TV.

If the software found its way into LG’s app store then they absolutely should fix the TV for free. But even if it came from a 3rd party source they should still offer a method of resetting it back to its factory state.

Conspiracy theory time: Is this LG’s way of ‘encouraging’ people to upgrade? Refresh cycles are getting longer and it’s hitting the industry hard. But if this happened to you, would it make you more likely to buy another LG? On the other had, if the entire industry was part of the conspiracy… :eek::bigsmile:


#4

[QUOTE=DoMiN8ToR;2786193]We’ve just posted the following news: Ransomware locks LG Android TV[newsimage]http://www.myce.com/wp-content/images_posts/2016/12/C0iyzwLUQAAUKWE-95x75.jpg[/newsimage]

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Probably because they used bad apps ransomware doesn’t just get their by themselves. Look at the user for the cause that’s why their warranty got voided.


#5

This is exactly why I tell people that I sell TVs to to forget about the Smart features in their TV.
Hook your TV to a cheap netboock or chrome book and you have a little control of your privacy and if need be it’s easy to nuke a drive and reinstall an OS.
First if you actually read the Terms and Conditions of “Smart” use, it essentially says that we the company have the right to collect whatever info we can and use it however we want.
Second I’m surprised how long it took for ransomware to show up on a TV.
The only way to install software from a source other than the Google Play Store is to use a browser connected to a non-approved sight (yes, the idiot was just asking for it).


#6

unauthorised script execution (no confirmation required) - a major security flaw (since years) willingly ignored by MS and the other OS developers.

bunch of daft heads, really – all of 'em!


#7

[QUOTE=coolcolors;2786235]Probably because they used bad apps ransomware doesn’t just get their by themselves. Look at the user for the cause that’s why their warranty got voided.[/QUOTE]I hope I’m not stepping on your toes when I ask this, but do you get paid every time you blame the victims? I ask because you always seem to go out of your way to do just so. PS: IDK how old this model TV is, but I’m willing to bet it hasn’t had any security updates in years (if ever).


#8

I’m glad my TV is stupid