Samsung’s smart TVs appear to be switched off, but in fact they are spying on you

Samsung's smart TVs appear to be switched off, but in fact they are spying on you

WikiLeaks on Tuesday warns that you may have to recheck your privacy settings before your secrets are divulged to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) through smart TVs.

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According to WikiLeaks’ latest release, Weeping Angel, an attack toolkit designed by the CIA and the British security agency, aims at Samsung’s smart TVs to make them appear to be switched off, but in fact they are not.

The malware, coined “Weeping Angel” – released as part of WikiLeaks’ “Vault 7” data dump – appears to have been created during a 2014 joint workshop with Britain’s equivalent spy agency MI5.

“There are people out there that you want us to spy on,” Michael Hayden, an ex-CIA director, said in the Late Show in response to the Weeping Angel affair.

“You want us to have the ability to actually turn on that listening device inside the TV to learn that person’s intentions. This is a wonderful capability,” said Hayden.

Smart TVs are new favorites owned by households across the world. Its access to the Internet creates hidden hazards for hacking.

Panic has swept across world-wide among smart TV owners. People are afraid that their viewing habits might be tracked, or their personal conversations are wiretapped.

“The CIA reports show the USG developing vulnerabilities in US products, then intentionally keeping the holes open. Reckless beyond words,” former CIA employee Edward Snowden tweeted on Wednesday.

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