Samsung just confirmed a security issue we never expected
June 18, 2019

A deleted tweet warned users of possible malware on Smart TVs,

In a now-deleted tweet published yesterday, Samsung reminded users to regularly perform security checks by using the built-in virus scanning feature present on its current line of Smart TVs.

While the intention of the tweet seemed harmless as it was only a how-to tip, it quickly exploded with various retweets and replies, with users saying they never realized that Smart TVs could have a vulnerability that could see malware being present on your QLED screen.

Samsung quickly deleted the tweet, but many have already pointed out the realization that attacks are now possible through your TVs. I guess that’s the price you pay for getting a ‘Smart TV’. Many also asked Samsung on why processes like these need to be manually done, as opposed to being automated and working in the background.

Various features on Smart TVs work automatically or turned on by default, so why is virus scanning any different?

While there is currently no reported threats on Smart TVs, there was news a couple of years back published by WikiLeaks stating that the CIA has already made software that can turn Smart TVs into a listening device.

This highlights the fact that despite the growing advancements of Smart TVs that now include a plethora of different features and apps, it could still be vulnerable to threats.

I always tell my friends that I would love to buy a new TV that has the latest technologies: 4K HDR, OLED, etc but without the Smart TV features, but I’m sure that’s never going to happen.

Unfortunately for Samsung though, this simple tweet is also one reason for you not to invest on a Smart TV.

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. Passionate for all things tech - you’ll normally find him tinkering with the latest gadgets and computer peripherals. He is an avid collector of Blu-ray discs and occasionally plays on his Xbox.
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