This is beyond creepy. Would you give your child a doll if you knew a hacker could listen to everything going on around them, or worse yet, talk to them?
MSN has the story:
If Your Child Has This Doll, You Should Get Rid of It Now
There’s a toy in your daughter’s bed that is taking in your nighttime stories, transmitting her every giggle, listening to her every breath.
And possibly talking back to her.
And parents are being asked to find it, replace it and completely destroy it. It’ the My Friend Cayla doll.
Tech news sites like PC Mag and even the BBC are reporting that, in Germany, the My Friend Cayla dolls are basically illegal. And that they put any child at risk for have his or her privacy invaded, since hackers can use an unsecure bluetooth device that is embedded in the toy “to listen and talk to the child playing with it.”
So not only can hackers eavesdrop on your child, but they can speak to them through the doll.
The risk of Smart Toy hackings has been an issue since January of 2015, and experts warn that the software has not been fixed.
The Vivid Toy group, which distributes the doll, claims that their product is safe. And yet the company and the Toy Retailers Association state clearly that keeping a child safe while playing with the doll is up to parents. The TRA told BBC, “we would always expect parents to supervise their children at least intermittently.”
This is one toy you don’t want to buy for your kids.