A hack for nothing. That is how we can describe the hack that VTech Holdings has experienced two days ago. The hack left approximately 5 million parents and 200,000 children exposed to whoever wants to see their information. Luckily enough, there were no financial matter involved, but parents were left with a bitter taste in their mouth when they found out what kind of information was stolen and it’s not exactly info that you would give to anybody on the street.
The hack exposed parent names, addresses (both street and emails) and information about these parents’ children. Even if children seem to be protected at first glance because they have only their first names written in the data, experts say that if the hackers want to find out which child is whose, they can easily do that. It is safe to assume that some parents won’t be sleeping too well in the following weeks.
The first “to have been at the crime scene” were Motherboard, who have declared that the specific number of exposed parents stops at around 4.8 million, The hacker actually contacted Motherboard and told them about the hack. He even provided some of the stolen files just to ensure everyone that he was not messing around. When Motherboard asked him what was the reason for this hack, the one responsible said “nothing”.
But a hack for nothing can escalate quickly given the entire context that the world is faced with right now. Two weeks ago Paris was the victim of a terrorist attack. With the entire world being vigilant and looking after such events, this is the last context you need as a parent: terrorists in the world and my child’s information has been stolen. You’d think it can’t get any worse.
And things are not going to turn out well for VTech Holdings either. Despite the fact that they will lose a lot of credibility from their customers, their information can also be sold to another toy company who can see exactly who their target audience is. It remains to be seen whether VTech is going to make it alive past 2016.
The VTech hack is considered to be the fourth greatest hack ever recorded and it forever stain the company’s name. The only good thing about this situation is that there was no money involved. That would have made everything much, much worse.
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