Customer data stolen in breach at toy company VTech

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By Larry Banks

VTech Holdings Limited, an electronic toy maker, said last week that is fell victim to a cyber attack that compromised customer information, for those users who access a portal called VTech Learning Lodge for children’s games, books and educational content downloads.

VTech toy company hacked

VTech sells children’s tablets, electronic toys and baby monitors. The cyber attack was revealed on the company’s website, but did not state how many records were stolen.

However the news site Motherboard claims that data from 4.8 million parents and 200,000 children was stolen, including names, email addresses, passwords and home addresses of parents. Also stolen were the first names, genders and birthdays of children.

The site claims that they have spoken to the hacker who was behind the attack, who said he would do nothing with the data. Motherboard’s claims have not yet been confirmed.

The statement on VTech’s website says that it started an investigation after receiving an enquiry about a breach from a journalist on November 23rd. The company says it has since taken steps to prevent further attacks, and that the database stolen did not include payment information, credit card information, Social Security numbers of driving license numbers.

SOURCE: Reuters.

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