VTech Hack

VTech Comments On The Hack, Number Of Kids Affected Is Now 6 Million

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On Monday we reported that the toy company VTech had been hacked, and that user data for 200,000 kids had been stolen from the company’s servers.

VTech has commented on the incident, with the confirmation that the number of accounts affected is over 10 million, and that 6.3 million of those belong to kids.

The information stored on the servers consisted of usernames, passwords, emails, and location data, along with chat logs and photos sent between parents and kids using VTech’s tablets. The data was all from the Learning Lodge app store customer database, as well as Kid Connect.

Kid Connect is the service that lets parents and kids send messages to each other, from VTech tablets to the parents’ phones through a smartphone app. Read More

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EA May Be The Target Of A Hack, Data Leaked

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A Pastebin document that circulated online yesterday may have contained names and passwords for EA Origin accounts, says CSO Online.

Steve Ragan spoke to an anonymous gamer who discovered his information in the breach. It contained details associated with his EA account, as well as a list of games that he owns. Ragan notes that the data in the document, which has since been taken down, isn’t complete. While email addresses, passwords, games, and what are possibly birthdays were included in the dump, a lot of the information was unreadable. Read More

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When You Game Online, Your Info Is Saved. But Who Saves It?

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In the last decade of popular online console gaming, a generation of human beings has gone from tiny babies to hormonal middle schoolers. If you’re a young person, that might sound like an eternity. For older folks, it hasn’t been long at all.

Whether because online games have been with us for too long, or because they have not been with us for long enough, there is a certain “Wild Westy-ness” to the current state of personal privacy. The local sheriff might have your back in a fight…or he might not. The best way to keep your information safe is to try to keep it to yourself, as much as possible. Read More