Toy firm breach affects hundreds of thousands of children
Toy firm VTech has acknowledged a breach of its systems, including 4.8 million customer records and over 227,000 children’s records. Critically, the data in this breach made it possible to link photographs of children with their home addresses.
An individual claiming responsibility for the attack contacted Motherboard (VICE) and shared the breached data with them. The hacker claims not to have any further plans for the data, nor to have shared it with anyone else.
Anyone who purchased an app, game, ebook, or other software onto a VTech product through the Learning Lodge app store, or who used its Kid Connect service, should consider their personal information at risk.
A detailed analysis of the security failings on VTech’s behalf can be found on Troy Hunt’s website here: When children are breached – inside the massive VTech hack.