Has your child’s “smart” toy been hacked?

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It is unlikely to happen but anything with a data connection could be compromised, a little research could save you a lot of bother.

In our previous blog, we looked at the dangers of smart toys. In this blog, we are looking at the chance that anything will actually happen.

As Mark James, ESET IT Security Specialist explains it is highly unlikely that your child’s toy will be targeted but if you are not willing to put in a little time and effort, you are just leaving the door unlocked.

“As with all scenarios like this we firstly need to put into perspective the dangers faced here.

“We should consider the chances of the attack happening and if it’s something we should worry about.

“When it comes to our children we want to protect them from dangers wherever those may be, so firstly do I need to worry?

“You need to be aware, you need to know it’s possible, but is it something that’s likely to happen?

“The attacker would need to be close enough to the toy in the first place to connect, and possibly long enough to change software or compromise the device, and let’s not forget the desire to do so.

“It’s a risk and one we should think about.

“Firstly, as with any IoT device, you should consider cost and manufacturer. These two factors may very much influence its security features and ability to be compromised.

“Take the time to interact with the toy yourself and if possible talk with your child to see if it’s doing anything different, also check the manufacturer’s website to see if there are any updates available.

“I know what you are thinking – “for a Toy?!” you must be crazy, but it’s just like any other device that connects to others or the internet, it can be and may be updated to keep it secure.

“Just like any other toy, take a few minutes to decide if it’s something you actually want your children using, and if it really is a concern for you then do your research and work from there.”

Are you suspicious about any of your Children’s toys? Let us know on Twitter @ESETUK.