I usually take huge issues that the news is blowing out of proportion with a grain of salt. This new theory that the CIA has hacked your Samsung Smart TV in order to listen in on your private conversations is another one of those news stories that the media has taken, and ran with it.
Most likely, the people reading this news article don’t have a whole lot of information that is valuable to the CIA. For the most part, they have significantly bigger fish to fry than a home theater enthusiast. I apologize for this assumption, I suppose I could be wrong.
Here is why you most likely have nothing to worry about. Weeping Angel (a Doctor Who reference, by the way) applies only to Samsung televisions from 2012 and 2013 that feature outdated firmware versions 1111, 1112, and 1116. The exploit almost certainly impacts relatively few people, and there may be an easy way to tell if you’ve been hacked—Fake Off mode, as outlined in the 2014 document, leaves a blue LED on the back of the set illuminated.
However, if you are concerned that CIA is spying on you and listening into your conversations, your best bet is simply to unplug your TV when you are not using it. For me, however, I’m not too concerned with them spying on me playing with my cat and binge watching Prison Break (yes, I’m still not done with Prison Break).