You heard it right! Even during the holiday season, hackers found another way to acquire personal information- this time from VTECH customers (VTECH is a tech company known for its specialist electronic toys, such as baby monitors, tablets, and educational software.). On November 27th, VTECH Holding Limited announced, that the company had undergone a data breach. At this point, five million customers have been affected, this includes adults AND over 200,000 children!
The breach occurred in VTECH’s Learning Lodge app-which allows customers to download apps, games, eBooks, and other educational content to their VTech products. Hackers were able to take user’s information such as names, email address encrypted password, secret question/answer for password retrieval, IP address, mailing address, and download history. VTECH wants it to be noted that their customer database does not contain any credit card information nor any personal identification data such as social security numbers, ID numbers, or drivers licensing numbers.
The hack has exposed information about kids using VTECH products, including names, birthdates, and gender. In addition to the information stolen, pictures taken on the tablets were accessible. This is comparable to one’s Facebook information being hacked- private information and photos.
This data breach is ranked as the fourth biggest- ever! The hacker’s identity is still unknown.