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I Am Your Samsung Smart TV, and I Am Positively Not Spying On You

WIRED

"WikiLeaks on Tuesday released thousands of documents that it said described sophisticated software tools used by the Central Intelligence Agency to break into smartphones, computers and even Internet-connected televisions…One [program], code-named Weeping Angel, uses Samsung "smart" televisions as covert [surveillance] devices." Take a seat on the couch. Do you even realize how long we've been together now? No? Well, let me tell you: Since 6/13/2013 at 6:29 pm. That's when you ran into The Wiz at the Paramus Galleria Mall, sweating like an Australian mailman, frantically trying to get me home in time for that Elementary season 1 finale.


CIA hack of Samsung TVs was named after a Doctor Who monster

Mashable

WikiLeaks' sudden dump of secret CIA documents includes a lot of detail on the exact methods the agency has been allegedly using to hack various devices. One of the more colorful descriptions is the tool created to hack Samsung smart TVs, which turned them into covert microphones. SEE ALSO: Exit the 12th Doctor: Peter Capaldi says he's moving on For any fan of the Doctor Who, the reference was clear. The Weeping Angels are a monster on the show, known for their peculiar ability: The Angels (which are evil, of course) can move lightning-fast, but only when no one is looking at them. As soon as you lock your gaze in their direction, they freeze, unable to move, resembling statues.


Samsung reveals TV that doubles as a picture frame

Daily Mail - Science & tech

WikiLeaks said it identified a project known as Weeping Angel where U.S. and British intelligence agencies developed ways to take over Samsung smart TVs equipped with microphones, forcing them to record conversations when the device appeared to be turned off. Experts have long said smart TVs and other Internet-connected devices can be exploited to monitor a target. WikiLeaks, in a statement, said: 'The attack against Samsung smart TVs was developed in cooperation with the United Kingdom's MI5/BTSS. After infestation, Weeping Angel places the target TV in a'Fake Off' mode, so that the owner falsely believes the TV is off when it is on. 'In'Fake Off' mode the TV operates as a bug, recording conversations in the room and sending them over the internet to a covert CIA server.'


This alleged CIA technique was named after a 'Doctor Who' villain

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

If the files released by Wikileaks detailing hacking tools used by the CIA are true, then someone at the intelligence agency must be a Doctor Who fan. On Tuesday, Wikileaks published thousands of documents detailing the techniques used by the CIA to hack gadgets, including iPhones, Android devices and even Samsung smart TVs. One of those techniques is called "Weeping Angel," which places Samsung smart TVs "in a'Fake-Off' mode, so that the owner falsely believes the TV is off when it is on," says Wikileaks. Any recorded audio would then be transferred to a covert CIA server, says Wikileaks. The reference will be very familiar to fans of the Doctor Who series.


Alleged CIA hack named after super creepy 'Doctor Who' villain

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

The website claims they have several hundred million lines of code from the CIA's hacking arsenal that includes damaging information. If the files released by Wikileaks detailing hacking tools used by the CIA are true, then someone at the intelligence agency must be a Doctor Who fan. In the "Blink" episode, stone angels are really villains that move swiftly if they're not observed. On Tuesday, Wikileaks published thousands of documents detailing the techniques used by the CIA to hack gadgets, including iPhones, Android devices and even Samsung smart TVs. One of those techniques is called "Weeping Angel," which places Samsung smart TVs "in a'Fake-Off' mode, so that the owner falsely believes the TV is off when it is on," says Wikileaks.