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IoT & Toys Containing Private Voice Recordings (Can We Say, Creepy?)
Internet of Things is becoming more problematicWhen it comes to the Internet of Things or IoT (especially with toys), it seems people will never learn! We've covered this story a couple times now with Hello Barbie two holiday seasons ago, and last Christmas' My Friend Cayla and i-Que Robot. However, these CloudPet has a new twist...
Weaknesses in our Wireless WorldCloudPets are exactly what they sound like: Stuffed animals connected to the internet. What sets these toys apart is that loved ones can upload messages for the child that the plush toy then delivers. However, CloudPets had an especially flimsy security infrastructure (which was found on the search engine, Shodan, which indexes that kind of thing.) All 800,000 account and 2.2 million individual voice files were hacked and held ransom for bitcoins, a type of internet currency. Now, CloudPets didn't end up paying the ransom, so they probably used a back-up of the files.
The IoT TechWellness solutionIf you must have a toy - or any other device, gadget or appliance - in your house that's connected to the Internet, change your password now and often.
written by August Brice