Researchers at NCC Group and a consumer group ‘Which?’ together tested the smart toys from several top brands including Mattel and Spinmaster.
What did they find?
Many of the toys were found to be missing authentication when connecting to a device for pairing.
- This authentication ensures that the toy is connecting to a legitimate source. When it is missing, the toy can potentially be open to a variety of attacks that may endanger the kids.
- During the research, it was found that walkie-talkie devices of the same brand as that of the toy could be effortlessly paired and used to communicate with the child, from a distance of up to 150 meters.
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