Vtech data breach much worse than anticipated

The already huge Vtech data breach affecting both adults and children has grown to massive!

It was originally thought that almost 5 million adults and 200 thousand children were affected by the data breach, but it turns out that the child number was way off.  Vtech is now reporting that 6,368,509 child accounts, containing their names, genders, and birth dates, were compromised.  Vtech also provided a list of how many people were affected in each country, and 2.2 million of the adults and 2.9 million of the children affected are from the United States.

“Regretfully our Learning Lodge, Kid Connect and PlanetVTech databases were not as secure as they should have been,” Vtech’s website states. “Upon discovering the breach, we immediately conducted a comprehensive check of the affected site and have taken thorough actions against future attacks. All other VTech online systems have not been affected.”

Learning Lodge is a tool used to download apps, learning games, e-books and other educational content to customer VTech products.

According to their press release, Vtech discovered that an “unauthorized party” gained access to their customer data, which was kept on Vtech’s Learning Lodge app store database.  The breach took place on November 14, 2015.

Compromised adult profile information includes names, email addresses, encrypted passwords, secret questions and answers for password retrieval, IP addresses, mailing addresses and download history.

Vtech also addresses the rumors about video, audio, and chat logs being stolen by saying that although they cannot confirm or deny that that has happened due to the open investigation, they can say that video and audio files are encrypted.  Chat logs are not.

VTech has suspended all sites affected by the breach during the investigation.  They are working network security and will update customers as soon as more information becomes available.
For information on how you can prevent your organization from being breached, visit www.miltonsecurity.com or call 714-515-4011.

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