IT Security. Hello Kitty and VTech Hacks Could Compromise Childrens’ Data

VTech and Hello Kitty hacked

”Frankly, it makes me sick that I was able to get all this stuff,” the hacker told the website. ”Vtech should have the book thrown at them.”

Security breaches reached a new moral lowpoint in the run up to Christmas with youth brand Hello Kitty and childrens’ toy maker VTech and  both reporting vulnerabilities.

Sanrio of Japan, owner of Hello Kitty, says they have fixed a security leak that compromised up to 3.3m users. The vulnerability was discovered on their online fan site, which is a popular venue for kids.

In the UK, a 21-year-old alleged hacker is helping police after toy maker VTech lost the details of 4.8m customers – including 200,000 children – when a network vulnerability was exploited.

The VTech hack was on its app store. Details hacked included personal data, including photos of kids and their chat logs. Even the alleged hacker in the VTech breach was remorseful: “Frankly, it makes me sick that I was able to get all this stuff,” the hacker told the Motherboard website. ”Vtech should have the book thrown at them.”

Links to both the Hello Kitty and VTech stories are below in reports from News Republic and IT Pro.

 

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Reference sources:

IT Pro : Man Held Over VTech Hack Investigation.
http://www.itpro.co.uk/security/25671/man-held-over-vtech-hack-investigation

News Republic : Hello Kitty Potential leak of 3.3m User Accounts.
http://nr.news-republic.com/Web/ArticleWeb.aspx?regionid=3&articleid=54481476

 

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