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VTech hacked and 4.8 million accounts compromised, links to children

Children toy maker VTech hacked 9 days before they even knew what happened, leaking information on 200,000 kids
By: Chris Smith | Hacking & Security News | Posted: Nov 30, 2015 11:38 am

VTech Holdings is a technology toy maker specializing in fun and educational wares for kids, and it's Learning Lodge app store was raided recently by hackers, stealing account information from the database within.




Although there hasn't been official confirmation from this company just yet, reports claim that 4.8 million accounts have been compromised, including some made by, for, or about children.


VTech was not aware of these attacks, with the breach happening on November 14, this company didn't know anything until asked by a reporter on November 23. While VTech states that it has put measures in place to stop this from happening again, the accounts compromised are encrypted with an outdated algorithm, leaving little hope of safety for those already hacked. In addition, the database contains information on 200,000 children, including first names, genders and birthdays.


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