Is your TV spying on you?
The latest batch of ‘wikileaks’ claim the CIA has hacked some smart TVs ... to spy on people.
It involves creating a ‘fake off’ mode ... it makes the television appear to be off but keeps the power running so spies can capture audio and possibly video of anything in the room.
But don’t worry ... unless you work as a spy ... it’s unlikely you would have been a target.
So which TVs are affected?
It applies only to Samsung televisions from 2012 and 2013 that feature outdated firmware versions 1111, 1112, and 1116.
How do you tell if you’ve been hacked?
Look at the back of your set. The blue LED back there should be off. It remains illuminated in Fake Off mode, according to the documents WikiLeaks released.
Steve called Ted with an interesting question ... (read more below).
If you’ve got a Samsung from 2012 or 2013, check to see if you’ve got one of these models: From 2012: UNES8000F, E8000GF plasma, and UNES7550F. From 2013: UNF8000 series, F8500 plasma, UNF7500 series, and UNF7000 series. To determine your firmware version and to update it, go to the main menu, select Support, then select Software Update.
Based on what we know about the TV, the hack would have tapped into the microphone located in a TV's accompanying remote.
The good news is that as of June 2014, the TVs couldn't be hacked remotely, over the internet. The group was allegedly installing the hack by physically plugging a USB cable (or thumb drive, we're not sure which) into the TV.