Hackers may target smart televisions soon, according to cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab.
"There are already Trojan viruses that can penetrate an iPhone when it's connected to a computer," founder and Chief Executive Officer Eugene Kaspersky said in an interview with Bloomberg. "Smart TVs would be the next step."
In the future, hackers will be able to interfere with smart TVs, since they come connected to the Internet. Kaspersky predicts sucg an attack could require users to send a paid text message to get their "hacked" TVs unlocked. Criminals may also seek to steal money from online movie accounts or use the TV's camera to record what users are doing.
So far, hackers have been attacking devices ranging from corporate computer networks to individual smartphones. Those attacks are extending from Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows computers and Google's Android-based smartphones to platforms including Apple's iOS.