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An FBI field office is warning consumers that smart TVs can be hacked and used for spying.
"Beyond the risk that your TV manufacturer and app developers may be listening and watching you, that television can also be a gateway for hackers to come into your home," the bureau's office in Portland, Ore., said in a report on Tuesday.
"A bad cyber actor may not be able to access your locked-down computer directly, but it is possible that your unsecured TV can give him or her an easy way in the backdoor through your router," the FBI added.
The report also gives consumers several ways to protect against such attacks.
"Know exactly what features your TV has and how to control those features," the FBI suggests. "Do a basic Internet search with your model number and the words 'microphone,' 'camera,' and 'privacy.' "
Smart TVs are able to directly connect to the internet, allowing consumers to stream their favorite shows and movies through apps like Netflix, Hulu and Disney Plus.