Connected Toys Raise New Fears; Hackers Target Wi-Fi Router Keys

Posted December 6th, 2016 at 12:43 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

FILE - Yui Matusmoto, 4, plays with Edwin the Duck, a digital duck toy, in the living room of his home in Tokyo, In this Monday, May 23, 2016,.

FILE – Yui Matusmoto, 4, plays with Edwin the Duck, a digital ‘smart duck’ toy, in the living room of his home in Tokyo, Japan,  May 23, 2016,.

Consumer Groups Warn Connected Toys Open Bedroom Door to Strangers

The Norwegian Consumer Council and various consumer rights groups in Europe and the United States say Internet-connected toys subject children to hidden marketing messages and let them chat with strangers over their Bluetooth connection. The toys also record conversations and send them to voice recognition service providers without the explicit consent of users. The groups also found that the toys do not authenticate their Bluetooth pairings, meaning any stranger within radio range can detect them and connect.

Phishing-as-a-service Is Making It Easier for Hackers to Steal Your Data

If ransomware-as-a-service isn’t enough to get every crook into the data-hijacking business, there’s a new game in town – phishing-as-a-service. According to a report from Imperva’s Hacker Intelligence Initiative, there is a Phishing-as-a-Service store on the Russian black market that offers beginner scammers a “complete solution” to phishing, including email databases, scam templates and storage for stolen credentials.

Hackers Actively Stealing Wi-Fi Keys From Vulnerable Routers

If you just bought yourself a new Wi-Fi router, it is highly recommended that you change the default password. Hackers are now focused on compromising – and resetting – Wi-Fi keys, according to UK consultants, Pen Test Partners. Customers of UK ISP TalkTalk are among the most vulnerable.


Aida Akl
Aida Akl is a journalist working on VOA's English Webdesk. She has written on a wide range of topics, although her more recent contributions have focused on technology. She has covered both domestic and international events since the mid-1980s as a VOA reporter and international broadcaster.

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