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HACKERS HIJACK 70,000 GOOGLE CHROMECASTS THROUGH BUG – ALTHOUGH CHROMECAST WASN’T NONE THE WISER

January 03, 2019 / irishtechnews

It was reported earlier today that Hacker Giraffe has remotely gained access to the TVs and smart devices of tens-of-thousands of Google Chromecast users. In the hack, a pop-up was displayed that both warns of the exploit and links to a page listing the current number of affected devices. The message also takes a chance to promote controversial YouTube personality, PewDiePie – a move this particular hacker has previously made by hijacking connected printers. While technically this latest hack is made possible via a security flaw in a users’ router, the exploit related to the Chromecast is one that has been known since the year the device launched. To this end, Paul Farrington – Director of EMEA and APJ Solutions Architecture at Veracode – explains that developers need to test and scan the security of their systems regularly to prevent a UPnP vulnerability being exploited by cyber criminals: “Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) has been problematic for years. Th...