It is estimated that 141 million smart TVs will be sold this year. As Smart TVs become more popular among the general public, consumers need to be made aware of the hidden dangers and privacy issues associated with them. “As with anything that is connected to the internet, smart TVs have the potential to be hacked as well as the potential to spy on users,” Supervisor Buster Johnson, 1st Vice Chair of the National Association of Counties (NACo) Cyber Security Task Force stated.
Steven Hurst, Director of Security Services and Technology for AT&T, recently gave a presentation to the National Association of Counties. In his presentation he mentioned that these devices are being built with basic computing hardware and software that we haven’t seen since the early Window days. “We are basically hooking up these devices such as refrigerators and coffeepots to our home internet with very little security attached to them. They are leaving our networks vulnerable and are the perfect end point for hackers to break into allowing our entire systems to be compromised,” Johnson ended.