U.K. Police Arrest Man in VTech Toy Hacking Investigationby
Online profiles of over 6 million children targeted in hack
EU watchdogs said they would evaluate November data breach
A 21-year-old man was arrested Tuesday as part of a cyber-crime probe into a computer hack at children’s electronic toymaker VTech Holdings Ltd, police said.
The man was held by police in Bracknell, west of London, on suspicion of "unauthorized access to a computer to facilitate the commission of an offense," the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit said in a statement.
Almost 6.4 million profiles set up for children and about 4.9 million accounts belonging to parents were targeted in the November attack, the Hong Kong-based maker of children’s electronic toys, smartwatches and computer tablets said at the time.
The information was accessed through VTech’s Learning Lodge database, where users download applications, games and e-books.
While no credit card information was stolen, the profiles contained information such as names, gender and birth dates. The company said it was investigating a report by technology blog Motherboard that the hackers obtained children’s photos and chat records. VTech has said images on its servers are encrypted, and it couldn’t confirm the veracity of the Motherboard report.