The advancement of technology is everywhere especially in the capabilities of children's toys.
No long are our little angels happy with the monopoly board game and a soft toy Bagpuss from Father Christmas. They want the interactive monopoly and the talking life like minion!
This article just goes to show that until we can properly understand the risks associate with such sophisticated toys we do need to be cautious.
Mattel’s latest Wi-Fi enabled Barbie doll can easily be hacked to turn it into a surveillance device for spying on children and listening into conversations without the owner’s knowledge. The Hello Barbie doll is billed as the world’s first “interactive doll” capable of listening to a child and responding via voice, in a similar way to Apple’s Siri, Google’s Now and Microsoft’s Cortana. It connects to the internet via Wi-Fi and has a microphone to record children and send that information off to third-parties for processing before responding with natural language responses. But US security researcher Matt Jakubowski discovered that when connected to Wi-Fi the doll was vulnerable to hacking. Jakubowski told NBC: “...... It’s just a matter of time until we are able to replace their servers with ours and have her say anything we want.”