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Millions of Chinese Smart TVs Scanned WiFi Every 10 Minutes, Sent Personal Data to Company

Millions of Chinese smart TVs were scanning users WiFi and sending personal data to a data analytics company.

According to the South China Morning Post, a user of the Chinese developer forum V2EX published a post last week detailing that his Skyworth smart TV was scanning data every 10 minutes and gathered information such as the WiFi network the TV was connected to, the user's IP address, device names and network latency.

"I felt that the TV was a bit slow before, and I looked at what background services were turned on. I found that there is something called "GoZheng Data Service," and I don't know what it is," the user wrote on the developer forum V2EX.

"The TV is an Android system. I researched the packet and found that this thing scans my family's connected devices every 10 minutes, and sends back the hostname, mac, ip and even the network delay time. It also detects the surrounding wifi SSID names, The mac address is also packaged and sent to this domain name of gz-data.com."

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