Could hackers turn your TV into a zombie bitcoin miner? How about your TV? Security flaws in some systems might make it possible, say experts. German researchers have discovered a flaw in Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV HbbTV television sets that could allow an attacker to run malicious code, including bitcoin miners, says one report.
These devices are among a growing number of Smart TVs, always connected to the Internet and accessing online services in addition to digital TV, to improve the viewing experience. They were found to have flaws that would allow attackers to inject their own content. This has happened before with other Samsung TVs.
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Computers visiting a page with the code will be persuaded to start mining the coins, sending them to the page owner’s address.
They’re using it to solve chess problems now, but a web-based distributed bitcoin miner surely can’t be far away, says one. Using lots of computers to do your bidding without consent is known as botherding – and a network of these zombie machines is called a botnet.