Hacking Chromecasts/Google Homes/SmartTVs
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NOTE: NO LONGER PLAYING VIDEOS, JUST TESTING FOR EXPOSED DEVICES
Total exposed devices
Total renamed devices
Total devices forced to play video
Total Google Homes devices
Total SmartTVs/Chromecast devices
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
What is going on?
If you came here because you're a victim of #CastHack, then know that your Chromecast/SmartTV/GoogleHome is exposed to the public internet, and is leaking sensitive information related to your device and home.
What information is being leaked?
What WIFI your Chromecast/Google Home is connected to, bluetooth devices it has paired to, how long it's been on, what WiFi networks your device remembers, what alarms you have set, and much more.
What can hackers do with this?
Remotely play media on your device, rename your device, factory reset or reboot the device, force it to forget all wifi networks, force it to pair to a new bluetooth speaker/wifi point, and so on.
What CAN'T hackers do with this?
Assuming the Chromecast/Google Home is the only problem you have, hackers CANNOT access other devices on the network or sniff information besides WIFI points and Bluetooth devices. They also don't have access to your personal Google account, nor the Google Home's microphone. They do have access to the noise level in the room though :)
Who are you?
Your friendly neighbourhood @HackerGiraffe and @j3ws3r. We just want to have a bit of fun while educating and protecting people from open devices on the interner. We were also behind the #PrinterHack and #PrinterHack2.
Why are you doing this?
We want to help you, and also our favorite YouTubers (mostly PewDiePie). We're only trying to protect you and inform you of this before someone takes real advantage of it. Imagine the consequences of having access to the information above.
What do you want?
Well, fix your device first. Also subscribe to PewDiePie on YouTube! Also Pyrocynical, Dolan Dark and grandayy. Don't forget good ol' Keemstar!
How do I fix my device?
Disable UPnP on your router, and if you're port forwarding ports 8008/8443/8009 then STOP forwarding them.
Thank you, any way to show support?
Yes! I (HackerGiraffe j3ws3r has other things to do) use my free time teaching people cybersecurity and ethical hacking. If you want to support personally or or enjoyed this hack, consider becoming a Patron on my Patreon page here!