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Can Roku be hacked

Postby rjtaylor » Mon Aug 16, 2010 1:55 pm

We were out of town on vacation with the house locked and security system on, however, 6 nasty movies were watched on netflix. Netflix says that the flix came through our Roku device. Is it possible to hack into the Roku? We are positive no one was in our home. If so- any suggestions on preventing it from happening again?
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Re: Can Roku be hacked

Postby philsoft » Mon Aug 16, 2010 1:59 pm

rjtaylor wrote:We were out of town on vacation with the house locked and security system on, however, 6 nasty movies were watched on netflix. Netflix says that the flix came through our Roku device. Is it possible to hack into the Roku? We are positive no one was in our home. If so- any suggestions on preventing it from happening again?


I have never heard of anything like that happening. I am sure it is possible, but I think the possibility is extremely remote.
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Re: Can Roku be hacked

Postby rjtaylor » Mon Aug 16, 2010 2:03 pm

We have a home wifi through AT&T but it is password protected. Changed our password for netflix.
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Re: Can Roku be hacked

Postby philsoft » Mon Aug 16, 2010 2:05 pm

rjtaylor wrote:We have a home wifi through AT&T but it is password protected. Changed our password for netflix.


I understand, but the Roku DVP does not output wireless video. The only outputs are wired.
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Re: Can Roku be hacked

Postby jhernes » Mon Aug 16, 2010 2:09 pm

Is time to hire a Ghost hunter, 6 movies, are you a beta tester. :shock:
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Re: Can Roku be hacked

Postby russws » Mon Aug 16, 2010 3:02 pm

rjtaylor wrote:We were out of town on vacation with the house locked and security system on, however, 6 nasty movies were watched on netflix. Netflix says that the flix came through our Roku device. Is it possible to hack into the Roku? We are positive no one was in our home. If so- any suggestions on preventing it from happening again?


Well, even if someone could hack into the Roku, and tell it to to select and play a Netflix video, if they weren't in your house they couldn't see it. So someone either has your Netflix account username and password and is playing them on their computer, or someone was in your house using the Roku.
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Re: Can Roku be hacked

Postby ronfelder » Mon Aug 16, 2010 3:21 pm

rjtaylor wrote:We were out of town on vacation with the house locked and security system on, however, 6 nasty movies were watched on netflix. Netflix says that the flix came through our Roku device. Is it possible to hack into the Roku? We are positive no one was in our home. If so- any suggestions on preventing it from happening again?
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Re: Can Roku be hacked

Postby dougrb » Mon Aug 16, 2010 3:51 pm

rjtaylor wrote:6 nasty movies were watched on netflix.


What "nasty" movies would that be?
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Re: Can Roku be hacked

Postby jhernes » Mon Aug 16, 2010 4:01 pm

dougrb wrote:
rjtaylor wrote:6 nasty movies were watched on netflix.


What "nasty" movies would that be?



Huh....why do you want to know? You must have a mission tonight....You need to be 18 and above to tell you.


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Re: Can Roku be hacked

Postby dougrb » Mon Aug 16, 2010 4:18 pm

jhernes wrote:Huh....why do you want to know? You must have a mission tonight....You need to be 18 and above to tell you.


LOL... was just curious what you thought "nasty" was, because netflix has no nasty movies.
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Re: Can Roku be hacked

Postby snarler » Mon Aug 16, 2010 5:02 pm

rjtaylor wrote:We were out of town on vacation with the house locked and security system on, however, 6 nasty movies were watched on netflix. Netflix says that the flix came through our Roku device. Is it possible to hack into the Roku? We are positive no one was in our home. If so- any suggestions on preventing it from happening again?


Some questions for you, if that's okay. You seem to know some movies were watched that you did not watch. How do you know this? For example, did you fire up your Roku and in the recently watched line you saw six movies you know you did not watch? Or did you find out another way. You indicate Netflix says they played through your Roku. Can you confirm via Netflix's website that only your Roku is associated with your account? Although I'm fairly certain a particular Roku keeps its own recently watched list, if you found out a different way maybe someone else associated a Roku with your account to watch them (although they could have removed it by now too.)

If it turns out the Roku in your home is the exact one used to watch the movies, in all honesty you're faced with two logical possibilities. One is that someone with allowed access to your home watched those movies on your Roku and isn't fessing up (or hasn't been asked...like a neighbor or relative you asked to keep an eye on the place and knows the security code. Come to think of it, is there anyone you've given the code to in the past as an emergency person to have access to your home?) Two is that someone broke in and used your Roku after disarming your security system, and reset everything when done. Obviously, number two is a big longshot.

I'd start thinking about friends, neighbors, relatives, and people who live in the house and who might have done it. I just don't see hacking the device or your network leading to shows being watched through your Roku.
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Re: Can Roku be hacked

Postby djwilso » Mon Aug 16, 2010 9:48 pm

Very curious. I also have the question of where you're seeing these "nasty" movies showing up on the Netflix website. When I look at my instant watch history in my account, it shows a list of titles watched, but it doesn't say which device or computer watched it.

If I go to the Manage Netflix devices page in my account, it shows me the last title viewed on each linked device, but not a full history.

Where are the titles being seen? Are they showing up in the Roku's "Recently Watched" row?

Also curious what could possibly be construed as "nasty" in Netflix's catalog...
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Re: Can Roku be hacked

Postby BoloMKXXVIII » Tue Aug 17, 2010 3:39 am

Maybe this is just a ruse and rjtaylor is under 18 and wants to find out how to get away with watching "nasty" movies on his parents' Roku.


What? It could happen...
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Re: Can Roku be hacked

Postby cwniles » Tue Aug 17, 2010 6:32 am

If you are serious, the first check would be of your home security systems log to check if anyone disarmed/armed your system during your absence as really, the only rational explanation is that friend or family member with your security code, decided to enjoy a little RnR at the deserted Taylor house.

Also, not sure exactly what you consider "nasty" but there is more pornographic content on web pop up ads than Netflix IW. Sure, some of the foreign movies are a bit risque and the awful movie 'Antichrist" is almost as stomach turning as Divine eating doggie doo in "Pink Flamingos" but there is far worse content a mouse click away on the computer.......
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Re: Can Roku be hacked

Postby robertm » Tue Aug 17, 2010 9:34 am

Before you go all conspiracy theory... it could just be a netflix database error and someone else's activity was erroneously attributed to your account. I would find that really easy to believe.
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