Samsung warns smart TV owners to scan for malware

Doris Richards
June 18, 2019

The South Korean TV manufacturer's support account sent out a tweet urging users to scan their TVs for malware regularly. and then hastily deleted it. Snarky and indignant replies followed, and of course so did the jokes. And that includes Samsung's QLED TVs.

The tweet does not appear to have been related to any kind of specific threat (the YouTube video has actually been up since April 30), and instead simply looks like it was part of a series of @SamsungSupport tweets aimed at highlighting various maintenance, connectivity, and troubleshooting features available on Samsung products. The company has since deleted its tweet, though not before BleepingComputer could snag a screen shot. This also is true for your QLED TV if it's connected to Wi-Fi!

We get, the bad guys are relentless when it comes to launching malware attacks. "Every few weeks" was the suggestion, with Samsung sharing a video showing how to do this on your TV.

It quickly removed the tweet, but it was up for long enough to spark concern among many users over whether their Samsung smart TV posed a security risk to their networks. It starts with the platform stage, with smart TVs being created to encrypt certain data, such as user account and password information. That's what Samsung thinks, and it's suggesting you run a regular virus scan on its TVs. And finally there is a hardware stage, with a security solution at the chip architecture level.

Like most connected devices, smart TVs are not immune to malicious software. Samsung TVs have certainly had such a scanning function since 2016 to detect malware, but Samsung, as far as we know, did not actively recommend manual scanning at intervals of a few weeks.

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