A high-tech Barbie is terrible at keeping secrets. The toymaker is finding this out the hard way after a security firm revealed that Hello Barbie, a version of the beloved doll that comes with Wi-Fi and speech recognition technology, is vulnerable to hacking.
Hello Barbie gives children an interactive toy that can “discuss anything,” according to Mattel. The problem is that ToyTalk, the company behind the modern technology in the doll, has vulnerable servers, which means children’s recorded conversations with Hello Barbie could potentially be accessed without permission.
Bluebox, the security firm that revealed the doll’s vulnerabilities, shares that the Hello Barbie app for iOS and Android has a number of flaws, including the use of an authentication credential that can be reused by attackers and useless code that “increases the overall attack surface.”
All this means that hackers could potentially access, listen to and reconstruct recordings of children’s conversations with Hello Barbie.
This revelation came on the heels of a warning from another researcher who said he found a flaw that could allow hackers to discover the home addresses of Hello Barbie owners.
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