Ran­somware makes the leap to smart TVs

NOT SO SMART NOW, HUH?

APC Australia - - Technotes -

Twit­ter user Darren Cau­thon re­cently found him­self with an mal­ware­in­fected LG smart TV af­ter his rel­a­tives ap­par­ently in­stalled an un­known movie app. The ran­somware, pos­ing as an FBI penalty no­tice, asked for US$500 to un­lock the de­vice, which was run­ning the now dis­con­tin­ued Google TV plat­form. With LG’s of­fi­cial sup­port chan­nels pro­vid­ing no as­sis­tance, it was only af­ter plead­ing with the com­pany via Twit­ter that Cau­thon man­aged to ob­tain the in­struc­tions to fac­tory-re­set his TV and fi­nally clear the in­fec­tion. HD

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