VTech breach exposes more than 6.37 million child profiles

The company admitted that its website wasn’t ‘as secure as it should have been.’

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This hack is especially troubling since it allowed the perpetrators to access photos and addresses of customers’ children. VTech sells a number of kid-friendly tech products that contain cameras—like computers, tablets and even a smartwatch.

VTech confirmed to multiple media outlets this week that five million customers were affected, and it would immediately suspend any trading of its shares in Hong Kong.

Vice first reported on the issue in its Motherboard section. Its report states, “Inside the servers, the hacker found the names, email addresses, passwords, and home addresses of 4,833,678 parents, and the first names, genders and birthdays of more than 200,000 kids.”

A section of VTech’s frequently asked questions about the breach reveals that the hack affected even more people:

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