Senator: TVs, baby monitors vulnerable to hackers

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)- 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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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