Lot of “Smart toys” now come with built-in camera and microphones, and if they are hacked, hackers can use it to record what’s going on inside the house, including children’s rooms. Experts suggest that most of the these connected toys lack even the most basic cybersecurity measures, making them a likely target for abuse.
With technology (such as the Internet of Things) featuring prominently in toys meant for kids, even toys are now prone to hacking.
- Your kid’s smart toys can be hacked
- Hackers can use your child’s toys to spy on you
- Strangers can talk to your child through ‘connected’ toys
This Doll is Banned in Germany
“Cayla ist verboten in Deutschland,” said the president of Germany’s Federal Network Agency (the Bundessnetzagentur), announcing a ban on the doll ‘My Friend Cayla’ in Germany.
German regulators feel that the toy is essentially a stealthy espionage device that sends whatever it hears back to its makers, and is also vulnerable to takeover by third parties. The regulators say that they have a special obligation to protect the privacy of children, calling them the most vulnerable members of society.
A walkie talkie toy with bluetooth feature can be hacked, says this report. A walkie talkie made by Vtech could potentially be hacked by a nearby stranger and s/he could potentially talk to them.
“Based on all this information we have gathered, we believe that there is a risk of someone observing a child playing with the walkie talkies and exploiting the above scenario,” said the report.
Cyber-security experts. are of the opinion that these are very simple security flaws that can easily be fixed and there should be no excuse for big brand names to be vulnerable.