[QUOTE=TSJnachos117;2788568]German government: Destroy My Friend Cayla because it’s spyware.
Me: that’s surprisingly good advice.
Personally, I wouldn’t bother buying “smart” toys like these. After all, it’s not likely these toy manufacturers have a single cyber-security expert on staff. All they know is “kids these days like those ‘smart’ iPod-electro-doohickeys”, so they focus their pointless gimmicks on that. The fact that they are inviting all matter of cyber-attackers doesn’t occur to anyone, and neither does the fact that some of these attackers could be pedophiles looking for emotionally vulnerable targets, who will likely be the easiest to manipulate.
I also would advise against buying gadgets for “smart” homes, since they can contain just as many security vulnerabilities. I’m especially troubled by the fact that the Best Buy near me has several “smart” locks for one’s front door located right in front of the entrance to the store. These locks are practically covered with signs, which have words like “convenience” plastered all over them, without any mention of cyber-security. If this trend continues, it’s only a matter of time before useless TV news outlets (I’m looking at you, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, ABC, and Fox!) start scratching their heads, wondering why the number of home break-ins have increased.[/QUOTE]
In all due respect, the IoT companies have started to listen finally, but it is way to late. I’ve written before that these IDIoT (Incredibly Dangerous Internet of Things) devices are real honeypots for hackers who are hacking millions of them on full automation and use them to bring down sites on the net. It doesn’t stop with dolls and door locks, but extends to your ‘smart’ light bulb, refrigerator, media player, TV or in other words any smart device you currently own.
To make matters worse, apart from larger IoT devices, most small devices does not support firmware update and even if they do support it, there may not be enough space to implement security as part of the update
It is especially hard to find a ‘dumb’ TV these days and my only advice for that is to hook up a HTPC or laptop that enables you to control security and install an open source application like KODI and turn off Wi-Fi/Ethernet for the TV… Your next TV will hopefully be better in this respect.
[QUOTE=beef barley;2788570]They plaster their kids faces all over the internet, now this.[/QUOTE]
Yep, people don’t think. that’s the problem
It does not stop with being possible to hack through Bluetooth and the net though. A friend got a smart bulb set for Christmas and it took me exactly 2 minutes with a Wi-Fi sniffer to find the password for his Wireless as they leaked it (I had read about it prior and so it was a test. Next time I will be able to get it in 30-60 seconds - Welcome scumbags, just use my Wi-Fi and devices for your malicious activities )
A year or two down the road will hopefully see an end to this amateur hacker heaven, but currently I’m scared shitless and don’t have any devices connected to the net, not even my phone.