Spoiler alert: Your TV will be hacked

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Last week you may have read a headline that blared “100 million TVs will be Web-connected by 2016.” Regular readers of this blog know I’m always on the lookout for new threats, so the question naturally arises: Will Internet TVs will be hacked as successfully as previous generations of digital devices?

Of course they will!

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Nothing in a computer built into a TV makes it less attackable than a PC. Internet-connected TVs have IP addresses, always-on network interfaces, CPUs, storage, memory, and operating systems — the details that have offered hackers a bounty of attack choices for the last three decades.

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