Toy laptops and talking dolls have been occupied by the top lines in the top of New Year’s sales for several years. However, it is worth listening to the opinion of experts who, not without reason, claim that together with the children they can use them … Hackers.
So, for example, through Wi-Fi, the software of the speaker Barbie (Hello Barbie) can be hacked, which will turn it into a real spy observing family members. This became known from the news of the past week, where the photos received by hackers received thanks to the attack on the VTECH — website were also shown by hackers;manufacturer of electronic training devices for children.
Hello Barbie doll worth $ 75 manufactured by Mattel connects to the Internet via Wi-Fi. Thanks to the software and the built -in microphone, it can answer the child’s questions, write down his speech and respond to it. IT security expert from Chicago Mat Yakubovsky claims that the toy is vulnerable to hack.
As it turned out, access to the notes of children’s conversations stored in the cloud, in addition to parents, can receive hackers. Having hacking the operating system of the dolls, they can easily find out network names, identifiers, account information and access the microphone.
The attackers received through the toy may well be used to hack home Wi-Fi and further penetration into other devices containing personal information.