VTech, mostly known for their toys and children online application, has reported a data breach. Hackers raided a tyke site, stealing data on 4.8 million parents and approximately 200.000 children.
Spokespersons declared that they do not know exactly when the cyber-theft occurred or what the reasons are behind is. Fact is that approximately 4 million data packets were pilfered from the Termed Learning Lodge. This is an online platform, specially designed for the parents and their children. The parents would have access to many online learning tools such as coloring books, kiddie movies, children’s songs and education electronic books.
Whether there was one or more hackers it a thing that no one could say for sure. What is clear as daylight is that a data base was fractured and the perpetrators now have access to information regarding the children. VTech disclosed a couple of comments, wanting to reassure the troubled parents that no sensible information was stolen from the database.
Representatives from VTech confirmed that the breached database contained account related information, such as passwords, usernames and secret question for password recovery. Although they’ve done everything they can in order to reassure the parents that the hackers took nothing else from the database, more and more parents are growing concerned about their children’s safety.
VTech also said that sensible information required to complete an online transaction, such as delivery addresses, credit card numbers or names are being handled through a third-party gateway network. Still this recent cyber-tech raises some serious questions. What are the hacker’s motives? From all websites, what could they have to gain by raiding a kid’s website?
Unfortunately, no one can get any straight answered as to why this fiendish cyber-crime was committed. But the mere though itself is capable of sending shivers down your spine. To think that the persons possessing some information could ultimately use it in order to maybe blackmail the parents.
Again such arguments are mere speculations. It is highly possible that a criminal investigation will occur after this cyber-theft. What can be gaining from breaking into a tyke’s website? It is not as though the online platform could contain sensible information.
Questions are pouring from all sides and it would seem that, as time passes by, their numbers grow exponentially, leaving no place for straight answers. The fact that hackers raided a tyke side could pose another risk in terms of child safety.
Whether this attacks was singular or if there will be other is a questions left for debate.