LG smart TVs are prone to infection with a Ransomware variant known as Cyber.Police, FLocker, Frantic Locker or Dogspectus which pretends to be US Cyber Police. Typically, the affected TVs are locked and the ramsomware asks for $500 to unlock device
The ransomware attacks takes advantage of the TV’s common operating system, a variant of the Android OS, to infect the system.
Owners of smart TVs have to be careful about which apps are installed. In this case, the LG smart TV ran on Google TV, an outdated operating system that still operated millions smart TVs in the field. Users with such TV should only download apps from the official Google Play Store and not from an untrusted website.
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