VTech Toys Hacked : More Than 6 Million Children Targeted

Last week, VTech, the digital toy maker revealed a biggie. The company said that data on about 6.4 million children worldwide was exposed as hackers accessed personal info in more than a dozen countries via their products.

Countries affected by this hack include Canada, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands.

81sSwO74rOL._SL1500_VTech, which is based in Hong Kong, announced to the public on Friday that hackers had accessed the information of about 5 million adults; today they announced that the number of children who had their information exposed exceeded the adults.

VTech is the maker of electronic learning products from infancy to the preschool years, as well as being the world’s largest manufacturer of cordless phones.

Chris Wysopal, co-founder of cyber security firm Veracode, was quoted in the Globe and Mail as saying, “I’ve never seen a hack that affected children as much as this one. This is sort of the Ashley Madison for children. People unwittingly trusting their personal information in a company that wasn’t equipped to handle it.”

VTech’s statement said that the children’s profiles that were accessed included the user’s name, gender and birth date.

Their parents’ data included name, mailing address, email address, secret question and answer for password retrieval, IP address, download history and encrypted password.

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