CentrexIT Eric Rockwell’s expert advise on preventing electronic device vulnerability both at work and at home.
Q: VTech experienced a hack into their children’s electronic toys late last year, which allowed kids to take pictures, play games, and send messages. What type of attack occurred and how did it happen?
A:I would call this attack a Vulnerability Attack. The hacker found a vulnerability in the companies photo board and was able to retrieve information from hundreds of consumers.
Q: What type of consumer data was accessible through the hack?
A: The attack that occurred is a great example of the overall danger that consumers face. Devices that connect to the internet, we truly have no idea of what is secure and what is not secure. The data that was compromised through the hack was: photos (adult and children photos), logins, passwords, security questions to retrieve passwords, home IPN addresses, videos, home addresses, and credit card information.