So, for example, over Wi-Fi, the software of the talking Barbie doll (Hello Barbie) can be cracked, which turns it into a real spy watching family members. This became known from the news of the past week, which also showed the hacked photos of children, obtained through the attack on the website VTech – the manufacturer of electronic educational devices for children.
The Hello Barbie doll, priced at $ 75 from Mattel, connects to the Internet via Wi-Fi. Thanks to the software and the built-in microphone, she can answer the child’s questions, record his speech and react to it. An IT security expert from Chicago, Matt Yakubovsky, claims that the toy is vulnerable to hacking.
As it turned out, access to the records of children’s conversations stored in the cloud, in addition to parents can get and hackers. Hacking into the operating system of the doll, they can easily find out network names, identifiers, account information and access to the microphone.
Data obtained through the toy can be used by hackers to hack home Wi-Fi and further penetration into other devices containing personal information.