It seems innocent. A parent purchases an entry-level toy to encourage his/her child’s exploration and understanding of technology and signs up for the supplemental service that allows him/her to purchase games the modern way: through the interwebs. It’s a convenience, an educational experience. And I’ve done it with my children.
That service, Learning Lodge, was the target of one of the largest privacy hacks in recent history. Tech Toy company vTech confirmed today that their servers were hacked earlier this month.
I received an email telling me of the hack. Here’s an excerpt detailing the information acquired:
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.
It goes on to assure customers that credit and banking information was not taken, and is not store. Some reports say that the hack includes information for millions of parents and over 200,000 children.