Apparently, the startup, ReVuln discovered a vulnerability in Samsung’s smart TVs, one that allows hackers to gain access to the device and even copy data from USB drives connected to it. Imagine plugging in a USB stick with private photos and videos and having some person from the other side of the world gaining access to it! Samsung has been quick to deal with the issues, thug, releasing an official statement as well:
We have discovered that only in extremely unusual circumstances a connectivity issue arises between Samsung Smart TVs released in 2011 and other connected devices. We assure our customers that our Smart TV?s (sic) are safe to use. We will release a previously scheduled software patch in January 2013 to further strengthen Smart TV security. We recommend our customers to use encrypted wireless access points, when using connected devices.
Real threat, but manageable The short of it is this: there is the possibility of security issues, but the good news is that you can pretty much enjoy all your SatelliteTV.net shows if you employ your own security measures. The threat is very much real, but with a little precaution, security should not be that big of an issue – just like with computers and other Internet-connected devices.