CloudPets, a child’s tech toy, has suffered a massive data breach.
CloudPets are an interconnected cuddly animal meant to encourage more affection and familiarity between the parent and child. The pets allow parents to connect via Bluetooth and leave a recorded message for their child. Promising hope and a lasting bond, this toy has taken attachment parenting to a technological level. Unfortunately, reports surfaced that the company that created this cuddly, Bluetooth bff has suffered a massive hack, leaving over half a million users’ information at risk.
With anything that is connected to a device or an IP, there are vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities increase with lax security measures, a claim that CloudPets is currently facing. Accusations include not requiring intricate passwords. The information at risk included emails, passwords, and there’s even information suggesting that millions of recordings were accessed as well.
CloudPets has not yet notified its users of the hack, and actively deny that recordings were taken.
It’s becoming more and more apparent how vital security is in a world where even children’s toys are being hacked for data, and the data is sold to the highest bidder. That something so innocent as messages of “I love you.” or “We’ll be home soon. Miss you.” could become a target for hackers should offer people all the evidence they need to be more aware and mindful of their personal enterprise security. The more insecure and connected your devices become, the easier it is for hackers to follow your breadcrumbs home.