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Big Brother: HDTV Easily Hacked And Spying On Viewers

•, Gary Merson
 Samsung’s 2012 top-of-the-line plasmas and LED HDTVs offer new features never before available within a television including a built-in, internally wired HD camera, twin microphones, face tracking and speech recognition. While these features give you unprecedented control over an HDTV, the devices themselves, more similar than ever to a personal computer, may allow hackers or even Samsung to see and hear you and your family, and collect extremely personal data.

While Web cameras and Internet connectivity are not new to HDTVs, their complete integration is, and it’s the always connected camera and microphones, combined with the option of third-party apps (not to mention Samsung’s own software) gives us cause for concern regarding the privacy of TV buyers and their friends and families.

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Comment by Ed Price
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Do you have speakers with your computer? Are they separate from your computer? Have you unplugged them from the power source and the computer, as well? Could they still be used as microphones for broadcasting what you say to sensitive, nearby electronic surveillance equipment, say in a van parked out on the street? Could any unplugged (or plugged-in) speaker be giving away your secrets?

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