Ransomware keep evolving and can now encrypt smart TVs.
According to the software developer, when he first contacted LG’s tech support, he was told that a technician would have to come over and take a look for a fee of around $340.
The ransom amount itself was $500 although even paying that would have been difficult because there was no way to click on the payment section to find the instructions on how to do so. The only thing that worked was just moving a mouse-like pointer on a portion of the TV screen via an accompanying smart remote.
In order to keep your smart TV safe, avoid downloading strange apps (even if they are in the Google Play store), keep your software up to date and protect your home Wi-fi.