Sen: TVs, baby monitors vulnerable to hackers

Posted at 6:46 PM, Nov 30, 2014
and last updated 2015-11-25 18:46:52-05

Sen. Charles Schumer is calling on the manufacturers of smart televisions and other devices connected to the Internet to help protect consumers from hackers.

The New York Democrat says many TVs, baby monitors and other technology with built-in cameras and microphones are vulnerable to hackers because manufacturers don't require passwords when a consumer sets up a device. He says that allows hackers to turn on the cameras and microphones remotely, violating the privacy of the owners.

Schumer says electronics manufacturers should adopt uniform security rules, such as requiring new passwords when a consumer buys a product.