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Ransomware on smart TVs is here and removing it can be a pain

Lucian Constantin | Jan. 4, 2017
This Christmas brought one of the first documented cases of an Android-based smart TV being infected with ransomware.

If recovering from smart TV ransomware infections can be hard, imagine what users would have to deal with if these programs start infecting other internet-of-things devices, as some security experts predict.

In this case, the victim was lucky because the ransomware app was only a screen locker and not a program that encrypts files. Smart TVs have USB ports and allow connecting external hard disk drives in order to watch personal videos or photo collections -- the type of files that are valuable to users, especially if they're not backed up.

 

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