[ISN] Police make arrest in hack of toymaker VTech, which exposed data on 6 million kids

www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-vtech-toy-hack-20151216-story.html By Andrea Peterson The Washington Post December 16, 2015 Police in Britain arrested a 21-year-old man Tuesday as part of an investigation into the massive hack against Hong Kong-based toymaker VTech. VTech sells popular toys for young children, including smartwatches and tablets. The November breach of several company databases exposed information about approximately 5 million adults and more than 6 million children around the world, including names, genders and birth dates. The tech website Motherboard reported that pictures, chat logs between parents and their children, and audio recordings also were leaked, but the company has said it “cannot confirm” that data was reached by the hacker. VTech’s systems were reportedly vulnerable to a well-known hacking technique. The alleged hacker told Motherboard that he attacked the company and then went to the media to highlight its poor security practices. The incident raised new questions about the digital security of toys at a time when big corporations are increasingly marketing dolls and other devices that connect to the Internet and collect data about children. This month, researchers publicly disclosed security problems with Hello Barbie, a new doll that relies on artificial intelligence and an online connection to carry on conversations with children. ToyTalk, the company that Hello Barbie’s voice features, worked with the researchers to help fix “many of the issues they raised” before they were revealed. […]




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