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Outsmart Your Smart TV: Take Simple Steps to Protect Your Privacy

The smart TV ranks high on the list of holiday bestsellers, and this holiday season was no exception. The popular televisions, which are more like deluxe computers, include internet capability, allow for streaming music and video, interactive media, web browsing, audio commands, and more. Given these perks, you can imagine how this all-in-one television could make an ideal gift. However, the question is just how smart is your smart TV? The answer might frighten you. For all of the reasons that your smart TV is appealing to you, it is also particularly attractive to hackers. Its increased functionality provides them with expanded capabilities to exploit vulnerabilities. As the FBI’s Portland, OR office noted in November, your smart TV’s internet connection makes it a gateway into your private life; your microphone amplifies that passageway for hackers. “At the low end of the risk spectrum, they can change channels, play with the volume, and show your kids inappropriate videos. In a...

Jan 3, 2020

The Malware Hackers Used To Target Baltimore Was Created By The NSA

Over the past month, Baltimore has faced repeated cyber attacks that have shut down the city’s email and systems allowing residents to pay water bills, purchase homes, and more . Now, a report by The New York Times has revealed that the malware used to attack Baltimore was created by the National Security Agency (N.S.A.). Security experts told the New York Times that attackers were using a tool called EternalBlue. Essentially, EternalBlue works by targeting a vulnerability in some versions of Microsoft’s Windows XP and Vista systems, The Verge reported . This lets external parties use remote commands on their targets. In 2017, the N.S.A. lost control of EternalBlue after it was leaked by a hacking group called ShadowBrokers . The tool has been used around the world, including in attacks against Ukrainian banks and infrastructure in June 2017. Baltimore was originally attacked on May 7. City workers found that their screens were suddenly locked. The hackers demanded almost $100,000...

May 28, 2019