security hole in Samsung TVs which could have allowed hackers to get in to your television, watch you, change channels and plant malware.
Now, a UK blogger, known only as ‘DoctorBeet’, has apparently discovered that his LG Smart TV has actually been sending data about his family’s viewing habits back to the South Korean manufacturer.
After some investigation he found that his Smart TV would send data back to LG, even after he disabled an option in the system settings menu called “Collection of watching info.”
He said that his LG set, model number LG 42LN575V, connects to a non-functional URL with details of the times and channels being watched.
Worse still, he also discovered that the filenames of some media on a USB device connected to the TV were also transmitted, saying that:
My wife was shocked to see our children’s names being transmitted in the name of a Christmas video file that we had watched from USB.
This discovery prompted DoctorBeet to create a mock video file which he transferred to a USB stick. He deliberately chose a filename – Midget_Porn_2013.avi – that couldn’t possibly be confused with the TV set’s firmware. After connecting the USB drive to his TV he later found that the filename had been transmitted in an unencrypted format to GB.smartshare,lgtvsdp.com.
Strangely, not all filenames belonging to media on USB devices were transmitted: