Toy maker hack exposes data of 5 million – including personal info of children

( - The personal information of about 5 million people – including the photos and profiles of more than 200,000 children – has been exposed following a hack of the electronic toy maker VTech.

VTech confirmed the data breach of its Learning Lodge online portal Friday. Customers use Learning Lodge to download apps, learning games and e-books to VTech products such as learning tablets. VTech customers also use Learning Lodge to register accounts, both for themselves and their children.

The Hong Kong-based company noted that “an unauthorized party” accessed VTech customer data on the Learning Lodge app store database Nov. 14.

VTech confirmed Monday that the database contains user profile information including name, email address, password, secret question and answer for password retrieval, IP address, mailing address and download history. The database also stores kids’ information, including names, genders and birthdates. VTech says that about 5 million customer accounts and related childrens’ profiles worldwide are affected by the breach.


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