Man Held In UK Over VTech Hack

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VTech hacked

A 21 year old man from Berkshire has been arrested by police investigating the hack into Toy company VTech.

The man has been held on suspicion of unauthorised access to a computer, said the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (Serocu) in a statement. VTech was hit in mid-November when servers holding its customer information were breached.

In total, details of more than six million people are believed to have gone astray. Craig Jones, head of the cyber crime unit at Serocu, had this to say on the matter:

We are still at the early stages of the investigation and there is still much work to be done. Cybercrime is an issue which has no boundaries and affects people on a local, regional and global level.

In the attack, servers used to support VTech’s Learning Lodge app were compromised. The software lets registered customers download extra content such as games and e-books to their handheld toys.

The Learning Lodge database logged names, email addresses, encrypted passwords, IP (internet protocol) numbers and other personal data. Some of the information was about children including names, dates of birth and gender. No credit card data was stored in this database. Details on customers from all over world, including the US, UK, France, and China were taken. Some of the data is believed to have been posted briefly online before being removed.

When details about the extent of the data loss became known security expert Troy Hunt said he had “run out of superlatives to even describe how bad” it was. VTech is just one of a growing roster of firms that have suffered data breaches in recent months. Pub chain Wetherspoons and telecommunications firm TalkTalk both recently lost data in attacks.

Do you own any VTech devices? Are you concerned about the security of these devices in light of the recent breach? Tell us what you think in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter.

  Source: Sky News
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