Tech blogger Troy Hunt has published a scathing piece on Hong Kong-based electronic toy maker VTech for what he calls “allowing itself to be hacked” in November 2015, resulting in the exposure of the personal information of more than 2.8 million children. Though bad now, the damage may well grow far worse as the hackers store this data against the children coming of age over the next few years, at which point their adult status will skyrocket the potential harm as accounts and other financial operations may be made in their names and with their full identity records.
Security issues and flaws relating to Internet-connected children’s toys are on the rise. Last year, more than 6 million children’s names, ages, and genders were disclosed when the leading manufacturer and distributor of digital learning toys, VTech, suffered a simple but devastating hack to its databases. A similar attack on allegedly insecure data stores affected Hello Kitty’s San Rio Town in late 2015 as well. [Read more…]
The Northern District Practice Program is presenting a Digital Privacy Panel Discussion on November 10, 2015 at the U.S. District Court Ceremonial Courtroom, 19th Floor, 450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco. The Panel will discuss civil and criminal issues and will be moderated by Chris Hoofnagle, Faculty Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Berkeley Law). [Read more…]
This week U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner held that employees of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc, whose personal information was exposed in last year’s well publicized data breach may bring claims against Sony for its alleged failure to take reasonable steps to secure the information.