A remote TV antenna used in Australia could be vulnerable to a cyberattack, security researchers have warned.
The vulnerability has been found in the use of a remote TV tuner with a new design, but there’s little they can do to fix it.
There are only three known ways to remotely connect to an Australian TV antenna, but these are not easy to do and they don’t offer any privacy features.
A hacker could exploit the issue by listening to the audio signal sent from the antenna to see if they could access the receiver’s memory.
Remote TV tuners use radio waves to transmit data, so it’s not entirely clear how they’re protected from an eavesdropper.
They can also be used to listen to TV channels without the antenna, so that would not be a problem.
Security firm Trend Micro discovered the issue and published a security advisory on Friday.
Trend Micro found that the antenna’s “mains power” can be used as a way to connect to a TV station, which means that it’s possible to remotely listen to the channel’s feed without the TV tunestop.
But the antenna is designed for use in rural areas, and that can pose problems if someone were to attempt to listen in.
In its advisory, Trend Micro said that it could be possible to access the antenna from a remote location, but that it wasn’t clear how someone could do so.
“We believe the antenna could be used by someone who does not have a remote access device,” it said.
“A hacker with access to the antenna would be able to listen and control the channel without the receiver.”
Trend Micro says the remote tuner can be disabled, but it says that there are no known methods to disable it.
The problem could be easily exploited if someone used a remote antenna to listen on to an existing TV station and was able to turn it on and then access the broadcast feeds.
An online toolkit has been created by Trend Micro to help identify the vulnerability.
It can be downloaded from Trend Micro’s website.
You can also try searching for the phrase “TV antenna” in the UK’s Google search engine.
Another security researcher, Chris Roberts, said that the problem could have been fixed in the past but said that there was a “lot of work” to be done to make it better.
Roberts said the antenna was designed to be used in rural Australia, but the fact that it was only for remote access to rural TV channels suggests that it may not be available for homes.
“It’s a remote tuners fault to not make it available in the majority of rural areas,” he said.
While the problem is an unknown vulnerability, it’s still concerning.
Even if someone is not using a remote television tuner, they could still use an older TV tunic or radio, which can still be used remotely.
However, the fact is that there’s no easy way for someone to prevent remote TV viewing.