Hello, hackable Barbie

Toys that talk back are one of the hottest holidays gifts this year. And they may soon be a hot item for hackers too.Cybersecurity researchers uncovered a number of major security flaws in systems behind Hello Barbie, an Internet-connected doll that listens to children and uses artificial intelligence to respond. Vulnerabilities in the mobile app and cloud storage used by the doll could have allowed hackers to eavesdrop on even the most intimate of those play sessions, according to a report released Friday by Bluebox Security and independent security researcher Andrew Hay.Mattel did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the report. Martin Reddy, co-founder and chief technology officer of ToyTalk — the company behind the voice features in Hello Barbie — told The Washington Post that the…


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