Children’s Toymaker VTech Hacked for the Holidays

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.



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  • Kinda makes you wonder about the motive

    • E

      I read an article that seem to imply the hacker was looking for vulnerabilities, not trying to gather information. He was apparently just as bothered by the lack of security as we are.

  • DickLewis13

    Just a wee bit on the scary side. Amazing that sites that save data and personal info don’t have super security.

    • E

      It is scary. Especially as a former user. Luckily, that was before all the chat and image functions. I haven’t used it for years.