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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > US and Hong Kong Investigate Toymaker Hack

US and Hong Kong Investigate Toymaker Hack

US and Hong Kong Investigate Toymaker Hack

Added: Friday, December 4th, 2015
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extratorrent.cc, 2015
Several US states will investigate VTech after a recent breach that exposed the private data of 6.4 million kids, including their pictures and addresses. According to the announcements made in press, attorneys general of Connecticut and Illinois are going to investigate the VTech hack targeting children.

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The hackers attacked VTech’s portal used to download games to its computer tablets and managed to steal photos, chat logs and a customer database. According to the targeted Hong Kong-based company, the targeted not encrypted data included names, email addresses, passwords, postal addresses, children’s names, birth dates and other information. Connecticut’s attorney general noted that the disclosure of the scope of the breach was really troubling.

Besides, the Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner also promised to initiate a compliance check on the toymaker to check how it had followed data privacy principles. In the meantime, security specialists believe that such a massive breach would prompt governments to scrutinize every company to review their security. While some of the industry observers say that toymakers can’t be expected to be security superstars, as they are just amateurs in the field of security, others point out that a breach of such a scale is a parent’s nightmare of epic proportions. In any way, one should agree that all organizations need to take a different approach to security.

Apparently, this incident could be a wake up call for families in the same way that the hack on infidelity website Ashley Madison exposed cheaters. Besides, it was recently revealed that stolen records like credit card details and personal data can be bought online very cheap. As for the records and photos of minors stolen from VTech, they could be worth considerably more on the darkweb.

Posted by: 
SaM

Date:  Friday, December 4th, 2015



Comments (1) (please add your comment »)

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posted by (2015-12-09 01:28:41)
No avatarLOL...... good luck with that.
The HK government is one of the most inept bunch of self serving nepotistic organizations in Asia.

You only have to look at the KCR project where they want to allocate billions of taxpayer $ to a public company to ensure they complete their project.
The money is to be returned to the government as a special dividend to the shareholders....

Anyone see the 'money laundering' there?
Get a government load and pay it back as a dividend to shareholders?



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