Senator Investigates CloudPets Toy Hacking

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Last Updated on January 3, 2020 by Danielle

CloudPets

U.S. Senator examines CloudPets toy hacking case.

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson has begun investigating the CloudPets toy hacking data breach. Senator Nelson drafted a letter to Mark Meyers, CEO of Spin Toys, regarding the issue.

In the letter Senator Nelson raised questions regarding how well Spin Toys is securing children’s information collected in its databases. Nelson posed ten questions related to the breach. He also delved into details pertaining to Spin Toys’ security practices.

As you may or may not know, Spin Toys’ CloudPets were hacked. CloudPets are cute electronic plush smart toy animals for children. These toys store data in the cloud. And somehow hackers were able to gain access to this information.

When Troy Hunt, a security researcher, unveiled the breach earlier this year via Twitter, Senator Nelson’s letter became public knowledge.

The CloudPets can send or receive voice messages and the data breach impacts over 800,000 user accounts. Apparently, the data is no longer publicly available and Spin Toys has not informed users of the leak, according to sources. This is not the first time we have seen concerns over smart toys storing private information on our children. We have seen similar smart toy concerns in the past with Hello Barbie and other smart toys like My Friend Cayla more recently.

What do you think should be done regarding your child’s private information? This is downright creepy that hackers could gain access to such information about our children. Should these smart toys be banned until there is a proposed solution? What should be done about Spin Toys not being open and transparent with the data leak to its customers? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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