The idea that Internet-connected set-top boxes are vulnerable to viruses and worms has been suggested--and mostly dismissed--for years. The idea, however, has earned more credence these days as "connected TVs" and Internet-friendly set-tops connect more directly, and with more options, to the wide open Web than ever before.
"Almost any TV-based product with a processor, enough memory and an Internet connection is at risk," Ken Helps, founder-CEO of Ocean Blue Software (OBS) said in a recent news release.
Video on demand, online credit card transactions and Web browsing open the doors for malicious hackers and/or viruses to enter and "TVs don't have sufficient power to run full anti-virus protection," said Helps.
- see this news release
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