Welcome to Hell, where our TVs get infected with ransomware and viruses.
If this sounds like a horrifying thought, Samsung would like to remind you that, yes, your TV is just as vulnerable to random popad ads from porn as every other device. The company's official support account on Twitter today put out a little notice showing everyone how you can run an anti-virus scan on your TV, because it's 2019 and this is something we have to all actively think about now.
Scanning your computer for malware viruses is important to keep it running smoothly. This also is true for your QLED TV if it's connected to Wi-Fi!
Prevent malicious software attacks on your TV by scanning for viruses on your TV every few weeks. Here's how ???? pic.twitter.com/7hWUfJwy1K
— Samsung Support USA (@SamsungSupport) June 17, 2019
Unsurprisingly, Samsung's handy reminder was not welcomed with open arms.
if your TV needs a virus scanner you fucked up pretty bad
— Internet of Shit (@internetofshit) June 17, 2019
My TV is saying i have to pay it to unlock it to watch tv.
— Tineh Nimjeh (@TinehAgent) June 17, 2019
Aren't your operating systems based on Linux? Do you just give root access to whoever asks for it on whatever device? Why am I having to worry about the security for an operating system that requires me to enter my root password to install anything?
— Misinko (@Mr_Misinko) June 17, 2019
Please just make dumb TVs instead.
— mndrue (@mndrue) June 17, 2019
— Geeknik (•̪̀●́) Labs (@geeknik) June 17, 2019
Not sure where to start... that this is needed in the first place, or that it isn’t done automatically. And could a virus subvert this scan? This TV isn’t sounding so “smart” or “intelligent” #InternetOfShit
— Ken Brucker (@KnBrckr) June 17, 2019
This should be front and centre on the main menu, not 3 levels deep.
Also, why doesn't it scan automatically on low power mode?
— Biggles (@Taco_Lad) June 17, 2019
I feel bad for the Samsung Support team. They're just doing their job, trying to help, although interactions like this one weren't received too well.
— MMR Vaccine Survivor (@JerpaDerpa) June 17, 2019
And best intentions don't pan out so well when they stop your TV from using, uh, Netflix:
Just wait until it starts proving its value by protecting you from highly malicious code, such as ... *checks notes* ... the HDMI CEC library.https://t.co/FhjgCZRKtM
— Jeremi M Gosney (@jmgosney) April 19, 2019
If anything else, the general sentiment was that, collectively, we have enough devices in our lives that require careful management.
love to have to do infosec on the fucking teevee
— Duke Zero (@B_Sputnik) June 17, 2019