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Millions of smart TVs can be hijacked by burying attack code in signals broadcast to the net-connected devices, security experts warn.
The attack exploits loopholes in widely used technology that helps smart TVs receive tailored adverts.
Once hijacked, the TVs could be made to send messages on behalf of attackers, find other vulnerable devices in a home or launch other attacks across the net.Net Connected TVs At Risk of Hacking [bbc.co.uk]
are there real benefits to having wifi and an app for my washing machine?
There is a little light on the door that flashes all of the time, to make it stop you want $63 for a water filter.
b) not replacing the filter? EWWWW!
Considering the machine was about 10-years old, it's lasted well
if you can afford a $2K+ fridge you can afford the $63 filter
And don't even think about an icemaker unless you're prepared to pay extra for decent copper tubing that will last as long as the house.
The idea of fiddling with apps to set up TVs
...it's networked so I can also view photos, videos or music from another network connected device.That is exactly why these devices are so attractive to exploits. Not speaking of your own setup, but the average home setup is too often left at default settings.
something that will allow you to move the fridge
A lot of people don't need filtration
How often do people change their entire kitchen layout, including permanently relocating the refrigerator to another part of the room?
instead it weakened at one of the points where the tubing passed through or over an anchoring attachment.