Gameover is one of several Trojan programs that are based on the infamous Zeus banking malware, whose source code was leaked on the Internet in 2011.
Researchers from Malta-based vulnerability research firm ReVuln recently published a video demonstration of what attackers can do after they connect to the insecure wireless networks of the affected Philips TVs.
The “Coinkrypt” malware appears to not be very widespread and has been seen in Spanish-language forums discussing pirate software, wrote Marc Rogers, a principal security researcher with Lookout Mobile Security.
The latest development was spotted by security vendor Symantec, which has periodically written about a type of malicious software it calls “Ploutus” that first appeared in Mexico.
The company, based in Washington, D.C. and launched in January, is targeting people using major email providers who are interested in stronger privacy controls for more secure communication.