Android-powered smart TVs targeted by malicious apps
Smart TVs running older versions of Android are being targeted by several websites offering apps containing malware, according to Trend Micro.
The security vendor wrote on Thursday that it found a handful of app websites targeting people in the U.S. and Canada by offering the malicious apps.
The apps are exploiting a flaw in Android that dates to 2014, showing that many smart TVs do not have the latest patches.
“Most smart TVs today use older versions of Android, which still contain this flaw,” wrote Ju Zhu, a mobile threats analyst with Trend. “While most mobile Android devices can easily be upgraded to the latest version, upgrading smart TV sets may be more challenging for users because they are limited by the hardware.”