Sinclair Cares: Some kids' toys vulnerable to hackers
PORTLAND, Ore. —
As kids' toys become more and more high-tech, it's important to remember the risks that could come with having toys connected to WiFi.
Travis Smith, a "white hat" hacker, works for technology security company Tripwire. He managed to hack a robot car kit that comes with a wireless camera, hooks up to WiFi and is controlled by an app on a tablet or smartphone.
"The family put this toy away. I was able to then turn it back on, point the camera directly at them and zoom in and see exactly what they were doing," Smith explained. "Took me about 2 hours to break into this specific toy."
In response, the company that makes the robot car said, "people can learn things, and the security issue is not so considered."
Many companies do what they can to keep their systems secure, but Smith said there are specific steps you should take.
"Number one: change the password. Number two: apply updates when available. Number three: power it off if you don't need it," Smith said. "While your child is playing with this toy, or it is sitting on the counter, and you are logging into the bank account from your phone, I could potentially use this robot to spy on all of your banking information."