July 22, 2016
If you're a parent buying a talking toy for your kids, you probably wouldn't want a hacker using it as a way to talk to them alone in their bedrooms. Nor would you want hackers using their toys as a way to collect sensitive personal information about them.
But that's the risk parents must consider – but may not even be aware of – with the rise of the Internet of Toys.
Dedicated hackers – both ethical and nefarious – have proven they can take advantage of internet-connected toys that don't have adequate cybersecurity measures in place. That's raised new concerns from security and privacy advocates who say toymakers and tech companies need to do more to ensure that kids are properly protected now that Wi-Fi enabled toys are common playthings.