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Hacker Obtained Childrens' Headshots and Chatlogs From Toymaker VTech

If storing the personal data of almost 5 million parents and more than 200,000 kids wasn’t bad enough, it turns out that hacked toymaker VTech also left thousands of pictures of parents and kids and a year worth of chat logs stored online in a way easily accessible to hackers.

On Friday, Motherboard revealed that earlier this month a hacker broke into the servers of VTech, a Hong Kong-based company that makes internet-connected gadgets and toys. Inside the servers, the hacker found the names, email addresses, passwords, and home addresses of 4,833,678 parents, and the first names, genders and birthdays of more than 200,000 kids.

Over the weekend, the hacker, who asked to remain anonymous, told me that VTech left other sensitive data exposed on its servers, including kids’ photos and chat logs between children and parents. This data is from the company’s Kid Connect, a service that allows parents using a smartphone app to chat with their kids using a VTech tablet. In online tutorials, the company encourages parents and kids to take headshots and use them in their apps.

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http://motherboard.vice.com/read/hacker-obtained-childrens-headshots-and-chatlogs-from-toymaker-vtech

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Since the confirmation of the hack taking place VTech has suspended its app stores around the world as "an additional precautionary measure" . The company has so far shut 13 of its domains including the UK version, planetvetch.co.uk.

"In total about 5 million customer accounts and related kids profiles worldwide are affected," and update posted on the company's website read.

http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2015-11/30/vtech-customer-hacked-details

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same devices were used to hack p25 police radio systems in an experiment by penn state on the vulnerability of p25 to be jammed/hacked. they used a 15 dollar kids toy to do it.

their toys use a radio chip that can force a police radio out of encrypted mode with slight modification.

using several of these devices, a police radio system can be jammed in a select area.

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