HDTVs vulnerable to hack attacks
Hackers can potentially use Internet-connected HDTVs to infiltrate malware into home networks, according to a new report.
This is the season to give gifts like big screen HDTVs, but hold on. Hackers can potentially use Internet-connected HDTVs to infiltrate malware into home networks, according to a new report.
Tests conducted on a range of inter-connected TVs found a security flaw in the kit of an unspecified manufacturer, according to Mocana, a maker of security software for smartphones. The firm does not elaborate on the firm involved or the security weakness, at least until the company releases a fix.
The security bug is a way to hack into consumers’ home network and potentially intercept and redirect internet traffic to and from the HDTV to mount phishing scams, gain access to backend services from third-party organizations (such as video streaming) or monitor and report on consumers’ private Internet usage habits, Mocana officials said.
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
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