Smart TV can be hit with randomware
January 9, 2017 Leave a comment
This is getting ridiculous.
A guy posted online on Christmas day that a relative’s smart TV appears to be infected with a version of the Cyber.Police ransomware, also known as FLocker, Frantic Locker, or Dogspectus.
The infected TV is one of the last generations of LG smart TVs that ran Google TV, a smart TV platform developed by Google together with Intel, Sony, and Logitech. Google TV launched in 2010, but Google discontinued the project in June 2014.
The guy tried to reset the TV to factory settings, but the reset procedure available online didn’t work. When the software engineer contacted LG, the company told him to visit one of their service centers, where one of its employees could reset his TV and charge supposedly $340.
The relatives said they downloaded an app to watch a movie. Halfway through the movie, TV froze and booted to this screen below. Unknown where the app came from.
Symantec and Trend Micro [in separate reports] concluded that removing ransomware from smart TV’s won’t be easy for most to remove.
Google has started working on Android TV, an Android-based smart TV platform, similar to Google TV, meaning that Android malware remains a valid threat for a large chunk of the smart TV market.
Here’s a link created by the guy on how to reset a LG smart TV [jump to about 4:50 to find out how to reset, if you are bored]. The guy yacks a bit too much. Could of done this in just a couple of minutes at the most.
There was a comment elsewhere that it could be a hoax, but the screen in the video looks legitimate.