Tag Archives: smart TV

IoT issues update

Updates to Internet of (not necessarily necessary) Things

[Many of the Things that crop up on this page are indeed necessary. But that doesn’t mean that connecting them to the Internet of Things (or even the Internet of Everything) is necessary, or even desirable, given how often that connectivity widens the attack surface.]

Martin Hron for Avast: Are smart homes vulnerable to hacking?  “…what you need to know about the strengths and weaknesses of IoT security and the MQTT protocol that connects and controls them.”

Commentary from Help Net: Smart homes can be easily hacked via unsecured MQTT servers

John Leyden for The Register: Connected car data handover headache: There’s no quick fix… and it’s NOT just Land Rovers “We have confirmed that BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Nissan may all have much the same issue as Jaguar Land Rover, the focus of our recent article on the topic.”

Tomáš Foltýn for ESET: Smart irrigation systems vulnerable to attacks, warn researchers
– “Internet-connected irrigation systems suffer from security gaps that could be exploited by attackers aiming, for example, to deplete a city’s water reserves, researchers warn…in a paper called “Piping Botnet – Turning Green Technology into a Water Disaster”.

The Register: Security MadLibs: Your IoT electrical outlet can now pwn your smart TV – “McAfee finds new way to break thing that shouldn’t be on your home network in the first place”

David Harley


LG TV ransomware revisited

In case you were wondering what happened as regards the story I previously blogged here – Smart TV Hit by Android Ransomware – it appears that LG has decided after all to make the reset instructions for the TV public rather than requiring an LG engineer to perform the task for only twice the price of a new set… Note that this was an old model running Android, not a newer model running WebOS.

Catch-up story by David Bisson (following up on his earlier story for Metacompliance) for Graham Cluley’s blog: How to remove ransomware from your LG Smart TV – And the ransomware devs go home empty-handed!

The article quotes The Register’s article here, which details the instructions, but also links to a video on YouTube by Darren Cauthon – who originally flagged the problem – demonstrating the process.

[Also posted at Mac Virus]

David Harley