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Could the CIA Be Wiretapping Your Samsung TV?

Wikileaks today has published new secret documents that the organization claims show the CIA can listen to your conversations though your Samsung Smart TV, USA Today writes.

The publication writes that Wikileaks says the documents reveal the CIA has developed a code that can set the Samsung TV in a “fake-off” mode so its owner will believe the set has been turned off. In reality, though, says Wikileaks, the ‘fake-off’ mode actually operates as a recording mechanism.

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“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,” USA Today writes, quoting Wikileaks.

Wikileaks does not explain how it obtained the documents, nor from where they originated. USA Today adds that it can not confirm whether they are legitimate.

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But Wikileaks, which was founded by government secrecy foe Julian Assange, has previously released numerous other secret documents which have proven to be authentic.

It’s unknown if the CIA has actually used a code to listen to and record the conversations of Samsung TV owners. USA Today writes that Wikileaks says the documents show the code can be used on iPhones, Android phones and Microsoft Windows devices as well.

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Today’s disclosure is another headache for Samsung which previously was alleged to include a recording mechanism in its sets. There have also been charges that the camera on the Samsung Smart TV can be hacked, allowing an intruder to spy on your activities.

— Phillip Swann

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The TV Answer Man is veteran journalist Phillip Swann who has covered the TV technology scene for more than two decades. He will report on the latest news and answer your questions regarding new devices and services that are changing the way you watch television.

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