Your child's favorite Christmas toy could be vulnerable to hackers

Researcher Alvaro Cardenas' team was shocked to find the toys could be completely hijacked.

Megan Lynch
October 30, 2019 - 10:14 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — The internet-connected toy you hope to buy for your child this Christmas could let hackers in your home.

A researcher at the University of California Santa Cruz found a way to break into the connection between the toy and the cloud and get it to say whatever they wanted in the toys own "voice."

Researcher Alvaro Cardenas tells KMOX it's not just this toy that could be vulnerable. He says, while its no secret that internet-connected toys can be used to spy, his team was shocked to find they could be completely hijacked.

"What we're trying to show is that the (lack of) security of the devices can have important consequences, and we need to spend more effort into protecting them," Cardenas says.

With that said, Cardenas says there's not one easy security patch because of the broad range of devices in use in most homes.

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