1. Post #1
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    November 2007
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    An official watchdog in Germany has told parents to destroy a talking doll called Cayla because its smart technology can reveal personal data.
    The warning was issued by the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur), which oversees telecommunications.
    Researchers say hackers can use an unsecure bluetooth device embedded in the toy to listen and talk to the child playing with it.

    Manufacturer Genesis Toys has not yet commented on the German warning.
    The Vivid Toy group, which distributes My Friend Cayla, has previously said that examples of hacking were isolated and carried out by specialists. However, it said the company would take the information on board as it was able to upgrade the app used with the doll.
    But experts have warned that the problem has not been fixed.
    The Cayla doll can respond to a user's question by accessing the internet. For example, if a child asks the doll "what is a little horse called?" the doll can reply "it's called a foal".
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39002142

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    shad0w440's Avatar
    May 2010
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    Gotta love the IoT.
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    June 2013
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    You can do the same with baby monitors, why not destroy all baby monitors along with the doll?
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    June 2010
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    You can do the same with baby monitors, why not destroy all baby monitors along with the doll?
    Just cut to the chase and destroy babies
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    October 2010
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    Wasn't this scenario in one of the missions in WD2?
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    Ithon's Avatar
    March 2005
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    listen and talk through the doll? boy you could play some chucky pranks hard with that one.

    Also I want one.
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    September 2005
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    This is amazing I want to freak people out with it
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    February 2013
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    The new Furbies are pretty insecure as well. Most of the toys that connect via Bluetooth are.
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    Zero-Point's Avatar
    March 2006
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    There's also a drone (the "Parrot") that's basically a flying router that runs Linux, and has no password to access SSH (which is open and running on it out of the box).

    Video with the details, also quite funny to watch.
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    March 2007
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    Household devices with internet access need security regulations.
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    Coolboy's Avatar
    February 2010
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    Any devices with internet access need security regulations and audits.
    ftfy
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    April 2010
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    You can do the same with baby monitors, why not destroy all baby monitors along with the doll?
    Generally because people expect the remote possibility that a device for communication might be used for communication, wheras a baby doll usually never has this vulnerability. It makes sense to limit all possible security flaws to the things that are neccasarry, like a baby monitor. A doll doesnt need to be hackable to perform it's function and, if you care, a child is way more likely listen to their "friend" the doll than their fridge or something similar.
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