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Submission + - About 90% of Smart TVs Vulnerable To Remote Hacking Via Rogue TV Signals (

An anonymous reader writes: A new attack on smart TVs allows a malicious actor to take over devices using rogue DVB-T (Digital Video Broadcasting — Terrestrial) signals, get root access on the smart TV, and use the device for all sorts of nasty actions, ranging from DDoS attacks to spying on end users. The attack, developed by Rafael Scheel, a security researcher working for Swiss cyber security consulting company Oneconsult, is unique and much more dangerous than previous smart TV hacks. Scheel's method, which he recently presented at a security conference, is different because the attacker can execute it from a remote location, without user interaction, and runs in the TV's background processes, meaning users won't notice when an attacker compromises their TVs. The researcher told Bleeping Computer via email that he developed this technique without knowing about the CIA's Weeping Angel toolkit, which makes his work even more impressing. Furthermore, Scheel says that "about 90% of the TVs sold in the last years are potential victims of similar attacks," highlighting a major flaw in the infrastructure surrounding smart TVs all over the globe. At the center of Scheel's attack is Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV), an industry standard supported by most cable providers and smart TV makers that "harmonizes" classic broadcast, IPTV, and broadband delivery systems. TV transmission signal technologies like DVB-T, DVB-C, or IPTV all support HbbTV. Scheel says that anyone can set up a custom DVB-T transmitter with equipment priced between $50-$150, and start broadcasting a DVB-T signal.

Comment Different class action lawsuit (Score 3, Interesting) 347

I'd like to see a class action lawsuit addressing the Windows 10 keylogger. After seeing that article I went in on my system to make sure it was not enabled and found that it was. Yet I know for a fact that I declined every option during the windows 10 install that offered to gather information on the pretense of making my experience better. I read each one very carefully and surprised myself by turning all of it off. So how did a privacy option get flipped so that Microsoft was keylogging me? I'd like to see about 10 million users sue them for that very legit complaint.

Comment Re:Get rid of it, and timezones (Score 1) 352

I completely agree on changing to UTC everywhere. When I need to run to a store or the bank or post office I often need to jump on Google to see what hours they are open anyway. What difference would it make if it says a business is open 08:00-17:00 or if that shop set its hours to be 12:30-20:30 because of its longitude? None, really. You would just get used to hours of business in your area being close to these other two numbers instead of 8 am to 5 pm. No big deal. What other effects would there be? Well some people would celebrate New Year's when the sun was high in the sky while others celebrated at night. Again, no big deal.

Noon has several different definitions. A modern definition is 12:00 on the clock during daytime. Which is funny because noon comes from Old English meaning the ninth hour and used to be closer to our mid-afternoon. Another definition of noon is when the sun is highest in the sky, that is, when the sun crosses the local meridian. This one makes the most sense to me intuitively because it can be guesstimated by a person in the wilderness without the aid of watch or compass. Another definition is mid-day which is different depending on the date and your latitude. If the sun rose at your location today at 06:00 and set at 20:00 then mid-day would be 13:00.

Also consider that in our increasingly automated and electronic world it would be a trivial thing for clocks with GPS or at least communication with cell phone towers to display either UTC or, at the user's option, the delta from local sunrise. So a business could set its hours as 02:00-10:00 Delta time. And we could all set our alarm clocks by Delta time as well, so that our body clocks only have to adjust 30-60 seconds a day each day all year round, which is exactly what our forebears did over many million years of evolution. Don't fight Mother Nature! Do things her way and be happier.

Comment Go One Step Further (Score 1) 136

I love the fact that robots can deliver groceries and cook my food but there is one additional task they could offload from me. You see, I have a toothache and it hurts to chew my food. If the robots could chew my food for me and just regurgitate it into my mouth without me having to get out of my recliner then I'd be all set. Well, except for emptying my catheter and colostomy bag and changing the batteries in the remote every few months.

Comment Re:preposterous! (Score 4, Funny) 264

Some pieces of software are just the recipients of more cosmic rays than others. For example, Windows 3.1 used to attract ultra high energy cosmic rays from as far away as Mars and for a time was making astronomers lives difficult due to the showers of particles released when many of those rays would strike molecules in the atmosphere instead of the Microsoft copyrighted code they were aiming for. Other software that attracts higher than normal numbers of cosmic rays are the Therac-25 and Diebold voting machines.

Comment Global Tectonic Events (Score 1) 136

From the statement that 'four of Iceland's largest volcanoes are showing signs of impending eruption' it sounds like that is unusual. I wondered if there were other signs of tectonic activity so I went to the USGS site at and downloaded some data. It would only let me download 20,000 events to a CSV so I took all data since 1/1/98 of 6.5+ on the Richter scale. Once that is thrown into a pivot table and a regression analysis done, it shows a very clear time linear regression of increasing moderate-intensity earthquake activity over the last 20 years. If this apparent trend is not a statistical fluke then let us hope it is due to some natural process and not a particle collider produced microscopic black hole oscillating back and forth through the earth's core exponentially accreting mass like this guy claims since we don't actually know if Hawking Radiation is real and if it is how quickly it would make a black hole evaporate.

Comment Re: he bet on the winner (Score 1) 820

President Trump could loosen regulations on coal as a short term way to pump life back into the Appalachian economy where he has lots of support. But to stay true to those supporters over time he needs to supplant that industry with others. If many, stable, well paying jobs are created there, those ex-coal miners will have no reason to bemoan the loss of jobs in a dirty, dying, and dangerous business.

Comment Re:Spamhaus have their problems (Score 1) 576

Except you have forgotten a crucial piece of his story. The ISP asked for evidence of spam, he got none. The IPS's TOS specify that sending of spam will violate them, so he can cancel the account if he gets evidence. From what I understand, Spamhaus will not send any, besides saying that the person with the account is on their BlackList. Which I take as a tad too extreme, once a spammer, you can never not be a spammer? And you'll hunt down every account the spammer has and block that ISP's IP blocks?

Anyhow, the whole thread seems to be about spamhaus and their legal problems, from what I have read, it really seems Spamhaus is trying these 'escalation' practises you mention on the US Legal system. "Oh so we fucked up in court, and our domain may be taken away, so we're going to martyr ourselves". The point being, SpamHaus fucked up, and continue to fuck up in their handling of the court case. Why they didn't try for an imeddiate dismissal and repayment of lawyer fees, plus a countersuit is beyond me.

Anyhow, let this be a lesson to all of us, don't tell a court to fuck off till after they rule in your favor.

Comment Re:Wrong targets (Score 4, Funny) 206

Relax. It's just fun-spirited hijinks from those crazy guys over at Sun. It's like that time that Scott McNealy and Jonathon Schwartz snuck into the Microsoft headquarters and kidnapped Goatly, the Microsoft mascot, right before their big Windows ME launch. But then the goat ate a stack of Solaris installation diskettes in the closet where they hid it, and got so sick they thought it was going to die. So they had to return it before anyone found out but old Mr. Balmer caught them and made them promise never to do anything like that again. Those kooky kids!

Comment Re:The REAL Bad News is... (Score 0, Troll) 217

Where did I write anything about doing away with all petroleum usage? I'm not suggesting that we stop "cold turkey" -- I am suggesting that getting all wet and excited about a fucking USB port is rather pathetic in the context of the larger global energy problems we're facing.

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