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A researcher has warned that the latest update to Internet-connected smart TVs made by Philips has a feature that leaves it wide open to browser-cookie theft and other hacker attacks within radio range, Ars Technica reports. The feature is known as Miracast and allows TVs to act as access points for nearby computers and smartphones to connect to the TV with the hard-coded authentication password. Someone hacking in could download personal files contained on USB drives connected to such TVs or steal “highly sensitive browser cookies websites rely on to authenticate users when they access their private accounts,” the report states.
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