Wednesday in CE: Smart TVs Vulnerable to Hacking, Spying Warns Consumer Reports
After analyzing smart TVs from Samsung, LG, Sony, TCL, and Vizio, Consumer Reports has found several problems with their security. In particular, they found that Samsung and TCL's branded Roku TV are totally vulnerable to changing channels, controlling the volume, and installing third-party apps.
Consumer Reports issued a report saying that Roku TVs and players are vulnerable to hacking. This is a mischaracterization of a feature. It is unfortunate that the feature was reported in this way. We want to assure our customers that there is no security risk.
Roku enables third-party developers to create remote control applications that consumers can use to control their Roku products. This is achieved through the use of an open interface that Roku designed and published. There is no security risk to our customers’ accounts or the Roku platform with the use of this API.