Mint: Google faces new antitrust case in India on smart TVs

Mint: Google faces new antitrust case in India on smart TVs. “The Competition Commission of India (CCI) is examining a complaint that search giant Google abused its dominant market position in smart television operating systems, a person aware of the matter said. Anti-trust lawyers Kshitiz Arya and Purushottam Anand filed the complaint with CCI in the first week of June.”

Wired: Hackers Could Use Smart Displays to Spy on Meetings

Wired: Hackers Could Use Smart Displays to Spy on Meetings. “Add another entry to the list of internet-connected devices causing problems in unexpected places. Touchscreen smart TVs from DTEN, a ‘certified hardware provider’ for popular video conferencing service Zoom, have flaws that hackers could use to essentially bug conference rooms, lift video feeds, or nab notes written on the device’s digital whiteboard. Just one more reason to hate long meetings.”

TechCrunch: Now even the FBI is warning about your smart TV’s security

TechCrunch: Now even the FBI is warning about your smart TV’s security. “Smart TVs are like regular television sets but with an internet connection. With the advent and growth of Netflix, Hulu and other streaming services, most saw internet-connected televisions as a cord-cutter’s dream. But like anything that connects to the internet, it opens up smart TVs to security vulnerabilities and hackers. Not only that, many smart TVs come with a camera and a microphone. But as is the case with most other internet-connected devices, manufacturers often don’t put security as a priority.”

Engadget: Samsung tweet suggests scanning your smart TV for malware every few weeks

Engadget: Samsung tweet suggests scanning your smart TV for malware every few weeks. “This morning a Samsung customer support account tweeted an odd warning that, to prevent malicious software attacks on your smart TV, you should scan it for viruses every few weeks. It even included an instructional video to help you do so. The tweet, first spotted by The Verge, was short lived. Samsung has since removed it, but it existed long enough to raise a few red flags.”

Mental Floss: Smart TVs Are Cheaper Than Ever, and It’s Because They’re Selling Your Data

Mental Floss: Smart TVs Are Cheaper Than Ever, and It’s Because They’re Selling Your Data. “Thanks to plummeting retail prices on televisions, it’s possible to walk out of a store with a 55-inch or 65-inch display for under $500. These aren’t bare-bones models, either. Smart TVs from manufacturers like Vizio and TCL offer cutting-edge 4K resolution and High Dynamic Range (HDR) capability. If you have the right video source from a streaming service or 4K DVD player, the image quality can be staggering. Depending on the model and manufacturer, some of these budget-friendly televisions achieve their attractive price points by collecting and selling your data.”

USA Today: Your smart TV may prey for hackers and collecting more info than you realize, Consumer Reports warns

USA Today: Your smart TV may prey for hackers and collecting more info than you realize, Consumer Reports warns. “Buyer beware. If you’ve snapped up a smart TV, with built-in Netflix, YouTube, Hulu and other Web connections, heads up on this warning—your smart TV could make you vulnerable to hackers and is probably monitoring more of your viewing than you realize.”