Cyber Security

FBI issues warning about Internet-connected toys

25th July 2017
Alice Matthews

A public service announcement about the improper security and privacy protections provided by manufacturers of Internet-connected smart toys, also known as IoT toys, has been issued by the Internet Crime Complaint Centre (IC3), a division of the FBI. The announcement comes after numerous issues were reported where smart toys had leaked the personal details of small children and vulnerabilities allowed hackers to spy on children.

Cesare Garlati, Chief Security Strategist at the prpl Foundation, commented on the issue of IoT security: "With so many incidences involving IoT and security, it’s no surprise toys are target for hackers and now the FBI has taken notice. The security behind IoT is non-existent as developers and manufacturers by-pass security to get the latest products to market. It’s an age old cycle that of course profits the manufacturers while putting consumers in harm’s way.

"But there are major players in the space stepping up and attempting to solve some of the biggest problems with connected device security.

"At the prpl Foundation, we have created a guide to address the security issues with IoT within the home. We are also working with industry, regulators and government bodies to educate them on how to make the necessary changes to make IoT security a priority. This is where we will see a difference in a safer and more secure Internet of Things."

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