Samsung are encrypting data between smart TVs, and servers in 2016




Samsung claims in 2016 to better protect all based smart TVs on the Tizen OS. For this it has created a system called GAIA, which includes malware to stop and encrypt data between TVs and servers.

Samsung logo (45 pix) According to Samsung, the system is important to the users’ personal information protection. GAIA has three different components. Firstly, the use of a “safe zone” in which Samsung protects important system functions. How this works exactly, does the manufacturer not clear.

Second GAIA key encrypts data sent between the TV and various servers. It is unknown whether it is already done and Samsung also does not specify which encryption, the TV will use. In addition, a built-in anti-malware system that should detect unauthorized code and changes need to stop the Tizen OS. The operating system is finally placed physically in a safe and a general section. Data in the two parts are protected separately. A public key into the chip has to provide for the verification of personal information.

It is not clear exactly what methods are used to develop the security of Gaia. Samsung is setting a step towards self securing smart TVs. In the past, it was found that such devices are far from secure his. The data protection regulation which recently has been approved by the EU include regulations for securing devices by companies under the heading of privacy by design.


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