The Vtech kids app store data has been infiltrated by hackers. Data of 4.8 million parents and 200,000 kids has been exposed in Toymaker's hack.
VTEch is famous for its kids contraptions not to mention cordless phones. However, a certain group of hackers broke into its database and pilfered much of the client data from it. And although this isn’t the first time such an act of cyber-stealth has taken place, the fact that children were victims makes it unique.
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The app store was exclusively for little tykes. Termed Learning Lodge, it was a platform where parents and their children could download assorted applications, various games, e-books and educational multimedia.
It is odd that childrens’ data got robbed. But Vtech swears that no personal information was breached and that no harm would come to the kids. The company even denies that any credit card information was divulged in the assault on the database.
"Our customer database contains general user profile information including name, email address, encrypted password, secret question and answer for password retrieval, IP address, mailing address and download history," VTech said in an official statement.
"It is important to note that our customer database does not contain any credit card information and VTech does not process nor store any customer credit card data on the Learning Lodge website. To complete the payment or check-out process of any downloads made on the Learning Lodge website, our customers are directed to a secure, third party payment gateway.
"In addition, our customer database does not contain any personal identification data (such as ID card numbers, Social Security numbers or driving license numbers)."
However, there is more than meets the eye here. Much of the information is bound to allow hackers access to the kids’ personal identities. This is a troublesome and worrisome aspect to say the least. Among the information the hackers gained access to were: usernames, passwords, email domains, download histories and answers to security queries.
Thus despite the company’s reassurance, parents ought to be extra careful by changing their kids’ accounts along with novel passwords and usernames. Black Friday is well nigh. And as millions of parents head out for shopping along with their kids to engage in some retail therapy, the security of their online information is of paramount importance.
Over five million segments of data were stolen from Vtech’s repository. The hackers or hacker remain unknown. Whoever it is that is responsible for this act has done a wholly evil cyber-crime. When even our innocent children are not safe from the computer revolution, we can only exclaim: what is the world coming to!
There are those who point out the fact that the internet is not your child’s babysitter. Parents ought to be extra-vigilant regarding any information that they post online regarding their children.
Children are children, meaning that they are hardly able to bear the level of responsibility that adults are capable of shouldering. In the future, measures will have to be taken to protect online theft of identity and information.
This is especially so regarding those who are in their prepubescent stages. No self-respecting parents want their children to fall prey to any outsider’s nefarious plans.
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Our children matter and it is for them that we parents are sacrificing our time and money. To give them our undivided attention and loving kindness also means protecting them from some of the obviously dangerous elements in society.