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This popular toy can be hacked to record your kids

This popular toy can be hacked to record your kids
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As a parent, protecting your children is a top priority. But in today's world, it's harder than before. Threats to your child's privacy and safety seem to be everywhere.

A recent report by U.S. security researcher, Matt Jakubowski, showed that security threats have now made their way into your child's bedroom. That is, if you've recently purchased Mattel's latest Wi-Fi-enabled Barbie doll.

The Hello Barbie is one of the most popular toys on the market. It uses Wi-Fi to connect to the Internet, and has a built-in speaker that listens to your child, then generates real-time responses.

Hello Barbie

However, the doll's coolest features are also what makes it vulnerable to cybercrime. According to Jakubowski, the toy can be easily hacked and turned into a surveillance device that spies on your child.

Each time Hello Barbie records your child's voice, that information is sent to a third party before a natural language response is generated. This is similar to how voice-command software works, such as Apple's Siri and Google's Now.

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