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2017: The FBI alerts parents to dangers of Internet of Sh*t toys

Anonymous Coward

Ga goo gaa!

All that juicy info about Timmys' Tonka truck collection! We must stop them using it for nefarious means!

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Re: Ga goo gaa!

That'll work because parents never talk over their children since they are the center of attention and while you're at it feel free to sort through my trash as there could be nothing sensitive there.

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Black Helicopters

Re: Ga goo gaa!

You mean the toys that can be morphed in to monitoring tools of not just TImmy but the entire house hold?

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Re: Ga goo gaa!

"the entire house hold"

If the rest of the household is over 13 COPPA seems to consider them fair game.

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Lets get Social

Considering most parents don't filter what they knowingly post about their kids on line, are they really going to give their fantastic new purchase a 2nd thought?

I pity the poor bastards, who in 10-15 years have their entire life scrapbooked online.

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Re: Lets get Social

A poll on one popular UK newspaper site (not mirror / sun / mail /express) shows 61% of parents are still sane, agreeing that stuff about your kids should not be on "social" media.

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Re: Lets get Social

@ Mage - Meaning a full 39% or parents are not sane

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Anonymous Coward

Self-Regulate basically... Thanks FBI!

How are busy families supposed to follow this in practical terms? Privacy / Security policies are written by lawyers, designed by weasels, so not even IT pros get them. We need mega fines, jail time. GDPR needs to come sooner.

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Re: Self-Regulate basically... Thanks FBI!

The same with electrical safety,poisonous materials, lead paint etc.

It's obviously the parents job to analyse all the products they bring home to their children - who else is going to ensure people are safe?

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Anonymous Coward

Re: Self-Regulate basically... Thanks FBI!

The only solution is boycott all internet connected shit. No good can come of internet connectivity in toys.

Self-regulation needs to fuck off on the neoliberalism it rode in on.

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Re: Self-Regulate basically... Thanks FBI!

"who else is going to ensure people the children are safe?"

TLAs & FLAs.

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Angel

You'd Think 'Professionals' Would Foist IoT

Nope! Almost universally, IoT = Sh*t.

Irresponsible BizTards @Work.

All too human.

Luddites, this time you're entirely right and welcome to revolt against this revolting technological excrement. [place poop emoji here]

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An important thing to remember with Internet of Things:

The "S" in IoT stands for "Security".

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Good one

I'll be reusing that :)

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Re: An important thing to remember with Internet of Things:

siot might be pronounced Shit in Irish as s is ALWAYS Sh (just as c at a start = k)

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Holmes

Thank you to the pfsense devs.

Then again, thanks to the doc that did the vasectomy....

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Anonymous Coward

"parents are advised to only operate connected toys on trusted Wi-Fi networks and to make sure the firmware and patches are installed for apps and connected devices"

Two things wrong with the above statement.

1. You are telling me a device is insecure and could leak information but then you are telling me to put it on my trusted network.

2. Firmware and patches. What is this strange voodoo they speak of? There is more chance of the second coming of Jesus than getting an update for IoT tat.

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"There is more chance of the second coming of Jesus than getting an update for IoT tat."

True, but now there is official advise out there so that makes it easier to return for a refund (or sue) when it's blindingly obvious that the manufacturer didn't even take reasonable measure to test the security of the device. The majority may not even notice or care, but some will. That's also likely to make the news too, so more become aware. Especially if it leads to class actions and product recalls.

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Childcatcher

Now if only most parents actually knew what most of those words mean

and can act on them.

TL:DR. Internet connected toys are a real treasure trove for internet savvy kiddie fiddlers. Don't buy them.

As a bonus once the little darling has outgrown the particular tastes of said paedo your top drawer paedo can trade those to their friends making such toys the gift that truly keeps on giving (away privacy).

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Re: Now if only most parents actually knew what most of those words mean

SBUR

Such bollocks, unfortunately read.

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Normally I say its the parents fault

But in this case the average parent has no idea how or what to look for.

Its the FBIs job to protect against this sort of thing, and unless one of Trumps businesses is selling them (or they come from Russia) then the FBI should be pretty safe in doing so

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Anonymous Coward

Nothing new here...

Security as an afterthought.

Now what other products do we know where this is the case?

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Childcatcher

reminds me of the Furby...

apparently Furby could record things, so they were banned at certain installations. I've taken one apart [to fix it, needed a lube job and some TLC after it jammed up] and it didn't seem like it was able to record all that much, at least not to me.

So maybe a lot of this is hype with no real substance?

then again, if it's cloud-based speech recognition...

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Holmes

Re: reminds me of the Furby...

The Furby was, what, twenty years ago? So, a bit more modern than the Pleistocene era Meccano and stuff, but still Stone Age tech in terms of processing power and storage, never mind connectivity.

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