Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Hackers Spying on Kids Using Bluetooth in Toys Like CloudPets

CloudPets, wifi toys, Bluetooth toys, hacked toys

Toys today are nothing like the toys that I grew up to, these modern toys are pretty advanced like the "smart toys," or Internet-of-Things (IoT) toys. Unfortunately, they may not be safe for your kids. California-based Toy Spiral Toys which makes CloudPets, these are stuffed animals that can talk to your kids has reportedly been hacked and nearly a million users are affected.

These toys are also equipped with Wi-Fi- and Bluetooth in which toy owners can send and receive messages you can hug from anywhere in the world.

According to a report from Washington Times the toy maker notified the California Attorney General's office Tuesday of a recent data breach affecting owners of its high-tech brand of teddy bears after it was reported that poor security practices on the company’s part had caused hundreds of thousands of user accounts to become compromised.

In light of this development, Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida demanded Spiral Toys’ top executive on Tuesday to provide specific details about the company’s security practices. The report said that the hackers were able to access the database which contains the sensitive customer information including millions of personalized audio recordings meant for children. About 2.2 million of those audio messages were recently exposed.

It was also reported that there were actually two separate breaches involving the CloudPets line. The first database that was breached stored over 2 million voice messages recorded by the smart toys. These are private conversations from families and recordings of children alone playing with the toy were all taken.

In the second breach, Spiral Toys leaked users' details of 800,000 accounts. The stolen data included both email addresses and passwords.

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