Grapevine: Is your smart TV too smart?

Report: Technology glitch enabled hackers to spy on users


And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

Grading on a Curve

A college teacher will keep his job despite revelations that he killed his entire family more than 40 years ago.

James St. James has been a psychology professor at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois since 1986.

Recently, it came to light that under another name he was found not guilty by reason of insanity of killing his mother, father, and teenage sister back in 1967.

He reportedly admitted to shooting his entire family after sniffing airplane glue.

The University released a statement saying Saint James is a decorated teacher who has been with the school for 27 years -- quote -- "Dr. St. James' efforts to rebuild his life and obtain a successful professional career have been remarkable."

Too Smart

It's the latest and greatest in home theater technology -- Smart TV's equipped with apps, microphones, and cameras.

But while owners of some Samsung Smart TV's were watching TV, hackers were able to watch them.

Technology websites report a glitch enabled outsiders to hack into the devices seeing through the cameras mounted in the televisions, spying on what's going on in users' living rooms.

The flaw has since been patched.

Mass Appeal

And finally, a police presence at a Massachusetts transit station has dropped crime significantly even though the officer is a real stiff.

The MBTA put this cardboard cutout of a real police officer near a bike rack along with video cameras and a new lock.

Thefts have dropped by 67 percent.

The cutout is actually Officer David Silen.

Police estimate stationing a real officer there full-time would cost $200,000 a year but many thieves now take a quick glance, see the cutout, and go the other way.