Could hackers turn your TV into a zombie bitcoin miner?

By   ISBuzz Team
Writer , Information Security Buzz | Jun 18, 2013 12:24 am PST

Could attackers make your web browser mine for bitcoins? How about your TV? Security flaws in some systems might make it possible, say experts.

German researchers have discovered a flaw in Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV) television sets that could allow an attacker to run malicious code, including bitcoin miners, says one report.

These devices are among a growing number of Smart TVs, always connected to the Internet and accessing online services in addition to digital TV, to improve the viewing experience. The research was carried out by Marco Ghiglieri, Florian Oswald and Erik Tews of the Technical University of Darmstadt. Martin Herfurt from Germany consultancy Nruns also explored the Samsung TVs in question. They were found to have flaws that would allow attackers to inject their own content.


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