Half a million UK families hit by kids’ computers hack

1 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Aussies hit by leak at children’s technology giant VTech.

COSTA MESA (CBSLA.com) — As many as 5 million parents and 200,000 children may have may have had their personal customer information hacked into over the site for the popular electronic learning product company, VTech.SAN FRANCISCO: Learning toy maker VTech Holdings on Monday said that millions of accounts and related children’s profiles were affected by a cyber attack on one of the Hong Kong-based company’s databases.It’s believed tens of thousands of Australians and New Zealanders may have been caught up in a leak of confidential information by children’s technology giant VTech.

Names, emails, dates of birth, mailing addresses, IP addresses, passwords and download history for 5 million accounts were exposed as a result of the breach, according to a statement by VTech. On its website, VTech describes itself as the number one “player” in infant toys in Britain, France, Germany and Spain, and tops globally when it comes to electronic learning products for children. “We immediately conducted a thorough investigation, which involved a comprehensive check of the affected site and implementation of measures to defend against any further attacks,” VTech said. The hacker found thousands of pictures used as avatars on the app, chat messages between parents and their kids, and audio files. “I have the personal information of the parent and the profile pictures, emails, [Kid Connect] passwords, nicknames… of everyone in their Kid Connect contacts list,” the hacker said. A hacker was able to pull up photos taken of children with their parents, along with chats and audio recordings made with the “Kid Connect” service, according to the tech site CNET and the online magazine Motherboard. “I’m not surprised,” Plesco said. “They’re using mobile applications.

VTech said in a statement that “as an additional precautionary measure,” it was suspending several of its websites, including its app store, Learning Lodge. So, reverse engineering the software isn’t that hard.” VTech suggests that no credit card information or Social Security numbers were taken in this specific incident, but Plesco says VTech did not do enough to encrypt customers passwords and data.

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