Samsung is openly spying via Camera/Mic

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Stewox
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Samsung is openly spying via Camera/Mic

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Hey guys you better take the IP blocking a bit more seriously.

I should have mentioned that before, but basically deep in the Samsung HDTV agreements there's a line where it says that by using the TV you agree to be monitored and the data shared with 3rd parties for marketing and other uses (not exact quote)

It's been in the news for some time now, im sure some of you heard about it here.

http://www.infowars.com/samsung-smart-t ... d-parties/


Well it appears that samsung responded to this in some fashion.

http://www.infowars.com/samsung-respond ... ersations/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbOfnEbW524



Here's an example of some IPs from the H series for EU region (bulgaria, poland, balkans imo) ...

viewtopic.php?f=79&t=8386

It's not my TV so I can't fiddle with it more, some people should further analyze with wireshark, but when doing that you don't want to block anything yet like it's in the top picture ofcourse.


For those who want to have their wireless turned on all the time and don't want to use wired (but even in wired mode pulling out the cable while you don't need it doesn't mean the wireless is 100% off) you can do these IP blocks easily in DD-WRT or similar firmware in your router and also MAC specific so it doesn't block some relays/DNS for other devices.

The other option is to plug out the electric cable while not in use. Still those are just while not in use, but better than nothing.


EDIT: Now that I've posted this I realized it would actually take someone first to do deep inspection to actually make IP blocking effective by finding which ones are behind it, so you can still use the web and HUB apps like youtube.

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Re: Samsung is openly spying via Camera/Mic

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Stewox wrote:The other option is to plug out the electric cable while not in use. Still those are just while not in use, but better than nothing.
Another solution, at least for webcam, it shouldn't work too bad with mic either :D :
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Stewox
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Re: Samsung is openly spying via Camera/Mic

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Oh yeah ... ofcourse, I just had in mind those folks who may need the camera for some reason.

But audio may be more worrisome than video in cases if you're on the phone with business and you talk confidential details and reading stuff off documents, and if you were walking past the camera with the docs it probably wouldn't be enough still-time and resolution to be able to clearly see the text in most cases.

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Re: Samsung is openly spying via Camera/Mic

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I wouldn't be concerned about camera/microphone and being spied on by those.

Just dump traffic from TV when you turn it on and change channels, you would be very surprised.
I would donate even more if devs would take insight into this.

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I will give big bounty if any developer/user proves that Samsung actually collects sound / picture samples from their TVs camera and send to their servers or implemented such a mechanism for that.
(I mean a disassembly of FW program that available on Samsung TVs )

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