• Nuno Zimas

How smart TVs are at risk of attack through hybrid apps


As the smart TV market keeps growing, developers are increasingly keen to position themselves in the equally buoyant hybrid apps market, enabling them to cut down on both development time and costs. Yet, argues Andrew Whaley, VP of engineering at Arxan Technologies, they may be opening the TVs up to hackers.

Smart, connected devices have grown steadily in popularity in recent years, and the smart TV is no exception. According to NPD Connected Intelligence, by the end of 2020 there will be 260 million installed media devices attached to the internet and able to deliver apps to TVs. Despite their popularity brought on by enabling users to access a range of services such as video streaming, games, and applications, unfortunately smart TVs do not come without their risks.

The biggest security problem associated with smart TVs stems from the utilisation of applications downloaded from the internet. As a relatively new market, security protocols may lag behind the more established mobile operating systems. Additionally, smart TVs come under the umbrella of ‘connected devices’, therefore are included within the Internet of Things (IoT) - the interconnection via the Internet of computing devices embedded in everyday objects, enabling them to send and receive data – making them a very attractive target for criminals.

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