On Friday, a Chinese multinational company VTech faced a security breach in its Learning Lodge Online App Store and the server, which led to the leak of 5 million parents’ information and another 200,000 kids’ identities being exposed by the hackers. What were the hacker’s intentions regarding hacking a toy company?
The VTech company’s customer database was under security breach, and hackers stole million of customers’ identities; perhaps the story seems quite different than it was showing! The hacker claimed responsibility for the hack and said they would only speak to Motherboard about the hack; he also said that he had no further intentions with the data.
On Friday, VTech’s databased hacked, but they got to know on the 14th of November (Motherboard told Vtech about the hack) that there was a security breach “Unauthorized Party” accessed parents’ and kids’ information from VTech’s internal database, which located in Learning Lodge App Store, app store lets parents download apps, games, e-books, toys, and educational products for their kids and the a. Theds for VTech company only.
Not Even Toy Company VTech is Secure From Being Hacked
The VTech company said, “Eventually the database contains customer data such as names, login email address and passwords, customer’s IP address, mailing address, and the download and purchase history, but it did not include any personal bank account details, either debit or credit card details.”
As per the report from Motherboard: Hacker first went to Motherboard to disclose the matter, and the hacker also said he would reveal the case only with Motherboard (huh.. is it?). The information leaked nearly 5 million parents’ identities and 200,000 kids’ first names, gender, and birthdate, as per the Motherboard report from the hacker. Vtech was asked for more information regarding the hack but refused to respond further.
Hackers claim that he hacked all this stuff and declared to Motherboard that he has no other intention or motive to do with the vast information he currently has. These attacks sold out the information to the black market or online forums. Having an enormous email address is a way of another criminal offense. That is, hackers can steal data through phishing attacks designed to target email owners to provoke them to click malware links, which give complete control over their Gmail accounts.
Hack revealed 4,833,678 unique email addresses with their respective passwords.
Still, the hacker is not identified, but the Motherboard team contacted me and said he had nothing to do with this data. Vtech’s statement said, “this hack warns us about any future attacks we should have to take precaution, securing our database and overall computer system to prevent future hacks”. Motherboard said this data includes 16 countries, including the US, China, UK, Canada, Ireland, Germany, France, Belgium, Spain, Denmark, The Netherlands, Latin America, Luxembourg, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and Australia.