eyegirl asked in Consumer ElectronicsTVs · 2 months ago

Anyone heard of TVs being hacked? My in laws are dealing with this now - able to control volume, see them , hear them, etc.?

Update:

A new router and password was installed by AT&T and they still got back into the tv.  Wifi was turned off and they were still able to control the TV (no idea how).  this morning they hacked the iPads of my nephews and controlled the volume.   A non "smart" tv was hooked up and they controlled the volume on it as well.

Local police are no help, AT&T didn't know what to do, etc

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  • Terry
    Lv 4
    2 months ago

    It`s more likely some other remote or radio transmitter of some kind nearby is doing it. My surround remote in the other room will make the TV in here do weird things from the other end of the house. It is doubtful that it is being done on purpose. It`s RFI of some sort. Maybe a HAM has moved in nearby. Maybe a garage door remote.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Bu||$h!T stopy lying.

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  • 2 months ago

    You say a NON-smart TV was hacked - that is physically impossible!

    You can only hack (or more correctly "crack") something that has a data connection and a non-smart TV does not have that.

    Likewise if thing still happen when the router and all mobile phones (things with their own internet access) are switched off completely, is it not the result of anything outside the house.

    If any device (PC/laptop / phone / tablet / Android TV box etc.) has been compromised in the past, then that could provide a way to bypass any security changes such as a different router, as it's already inside the router firewall and can just connect out to whatever controls it.

    The most likely way I can think of for that is if they have a PC / laptop and someone has fallen victim to a fake phone call claiming they have a virus, or has clicked on a fake email link that installed malware.

    "Clean" any PCs etc., using malwarebytes, superantispyware and spybot search & destroy.

    With any one internet-enabled device compromised, the perpetrator has free access to every other device and hypothetically could also take over some other devices - but that is almost unbelievable for such as an ipad, as the operating system is extremely secure.

    From what you describe, someone playing what they think are pranks from inside the house is has a rather higher probability.

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  • Boy
    Lv 4
    2 months ago

    Reset tv back to factory defaults, see if there isn’t a hard reset button anywhere on the unit.

    Call manufacturer about this if it is still under warranty they can fix it or troubleshoot with you over the phone though their tec support 

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  • 2 months ago

    Is it possible to have a SmartTV that can be hacked into?  Yes it's happened, but not only would they need to hack the TV they would need to get through the protections on the router too!  A non-smart TV is a different matter!

    If you have a TV that is not connected to the internet you cannot hack it!  What can happen is that you have more than one device in the location that is using the same control method, and it's this that is interfering with the operation of the TV!  *This isn't theoretical I've seen it not only with AV equipment but with my home smarts (the odds were supposed to be several million to one, but yet it happened!

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  • 2 months ago

    Yes.  Any device that connects to the internet can be hacked and so-called "Smart TVs" are especially vulnerable because too many users don't take the time to understand their capabilities and protect themselves.

    Does your TV have a camera? Then hackers can not only watch you (and whatever you happen to be doing in front of the TV) but they can steal facial recognition data that your TV is probably capturing.

    Does your TV let you use voice commands? Then hackers can steal your voice data and use it to unlock or control any of your other devices with voice commands.

    By nature, most "Smart" TVs monitor EVERYTHING you do with them....from logging the shows you watch, to the hours you watch, to the viewing habits of each person in your household (you didn't think those "personal preference" settings were for YOUR convenience..did you?).

    The makers say they do all that so that they can "customize" your programming... In reality, all that data is for sale to the highest bidding advertiser and analytics company....and it's all there for hackers to steal.

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  • 2 months ago

    Any device that is connected to the internet can be hacked.  That is why you always run everything through a router that has a proper firewall and set strong passwords for everything including the router itself which should only be accessible through a wired Ethernet connection.

    If in-laws are using their television to stream movies, it is connected to the internet and needs the same protection as everything else.  If they are terminally hopeless, tell them to switch off the controller and make their own entertainment.

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    • Your in-laws have a zombified device on their network.  In other words the hackers have put a virus on there.  Tell them to turn everything off and then turn on one device at a time and run an anti virus on it.  Once it is clean, go to the next.  There may be more than one infected device.

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  • 2 months ago

    Baloney, it's locked. Unlock it and it'll work fine.

    • eyegirl
      Lv 6
      2 months agoReport

      Not baloney 

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Maybe you could make them some tin-foil hats.

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