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Kid-monitoring site breached: Millions of messages and images hacked

Kid-monitoring site breached: Millions of messages and images hacked
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A major database breach has exposed millions of text messages and images to a hacker. Worse, many of these images are of young children.

The site uKnowKids, which lets parents remotely monitor their kids' online activity and their whereabouts, confirms the hack and says the vulnerability has been patched. However, sensitive information was exposed and some of it is still in the hands of the hacker.

The hack exposed customer data, trade secrets, propriety algorithms and business data, according to uKnowKids CEO Steve Woda. Frighteningly, kids' names, online activity and communications were exposed.

"Data was exposed for about 0.5% of the kids that uKnowKids has helped parents protect online and on their mobile phone," Woda wrote on the uKnowKids site. He noted that unencrypted passwords and financial information were not exposed.

Woda says the company has been working around the clock since the February 16-17 hack to find out exactly how the hack occurred. The company has also hired two external companies to scour their systems for vulnerabilities. However, that's not the end of the story.

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