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Windows 7: LG smart TV snooping extends to home networks, second blogger says


23 Nov 2013   #1

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LG smart TV snooping extends to home networks, second blogger says

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A second blogger has published evidence that his LG-manufactured smart television is sharing sensitive user data with the Korea-based company in a post that offers support for the theory that the snooping isn't isolated behavior that affects a small number of sets.


In addition to transmitting a list of shows being watched and the names of files contained on USB drives, the Internet-connected TV also sent the names of files shared on home or office networks, the blogger reported. He made the discovery after plugging the Wireshark packet-sniffing program into his home network and noticing that an LG TV—model number 42ls570, purchased in April—was transmitting file names that sounded vaguely familiar even though there was no USB drive plugged in.
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23 Nov 2013   #2

 
 

God damn I'm sick of being 'spied on'. Companies are stooping to really low levels of insidious behavior just to make more money.

They can word it how they like, like they they are doing us a favour - but the reality is privacy really is becoming endangered.
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27 Nov 2013   #3

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LG decides its TVs *don't* steal personal information - "viewing info" isn't personal

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Last week, we wrote about how a UK blogger named DoctorBeet became suspicious that his LG Smart TV was phoning home with more information about his use of the TV than he might have liked.

Some investigation with Wireshark followed - that's a free, powerful and highly recommended network packet sniffer - and his suspicions were confirmed.

Even after he expressly turned off the clumsily but unambiguously named "Collection of watching info" option, his TV continued to send back information (or to steal it, if you want to call a specialised earth lifting leverage tool a spade) that any reasonable person would consider none of the TV maker's business.
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27 Nov 2013   #4

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
God damn I'm sick of being 'spied on'. Companies are stooping to really low levels of insidious behavior just to make more money.

They can word it how they like, like they they are doing us a favour - but the reality is privacy really is becoming endangered.
I am not sure why the outburst? Windows 8.x has been doing for awhile now with the Bing app/search charm. I haven't seen complaining about MS; LG is just following Microsoft's lead...
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01 Dec 2013   #5

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If you have some extra time you could do what I do at times.
Clean out your cookies and then run programs one at a time and/or go to your websites you normally go to and after each one check your cookies again. You will be surprised what you find.
You could also use programs and check for PUP's
I have went to the originators site for a program and got 80 PUP's along with what I wanted. No 80 is not a typo. Of course I selected not to get all this junk but it still downloaded anyway.
Note: Malwarebytes Anti Malware Professional has got a lot better at finding PUP's. It will not stop them for downloading because it doesn't know whether you want them or not. If scanned after download it does point them out.

It's a never ending war between the bad guys, snoopers and the good guys (me).
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