LeTV, a smart television made by a Chinese company, has bugs in its operating system that make it vulnerable to hackers.
The vulnerability allows malicious programs to be installed in its built-in operating system, Apple Daily reported Monday, citing its own research.
Hackers could steal credit card data and remotely control the unit’s camera to spy on users, according to the study conducted for the newspaper by Nexusguard Consulting.
The unit is manufactured by Beijing LeTV Mobile Media & Technology Co. Ltd. and sold at lower prices than its competitors.
A smart TV equipped with an operating system and built-in applications functions like a smartphone. LeTV uses Google’s Android platform.
It hit stores in Hong Kong last year with 40-inch and 50-inch models for as low as HK$3,000 (US$386), half the price of comparable Japanese and South Korean brands.
Nexusguard said a developer tool was found in the LeTV S50 Air model during testing.
It opened a back door to the operating system, turning it into a “zombie” which could be used to launch DDoS (denial of service) attacks, it said.
Also, some apps from unknown sources are hidden in the back door, allowing hackers to hijack the unit.
LeTV said it has taken steps to prevent illegal use of the developer tool in the operating system.
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