Mate1 made no attempt to conceal the password in any way.
The threat here isn't just that users’ dating accounts may now be compromised.
A hacker told the technology news site he or she was able to download nearly 200GB worth of photos from VTech’s Kid Connect Platform, a feature that lets children and parents exchange messages over the company’s products.
Audio clips of children speaking have also reportedly been found on the server.
The hacker, or hackers, was able to access data housed in VTech’s Learning Lodge app store, according to the company.
SSL is a commonly used security feature used across the Internet. The VTech hack follows several other high-profile cybersecurity incidents we’ve seen over the past year, including hacks against Sony and adult hookup site Ashley Madison.
But the VTech hack is particularly unsettling for two reasons: It involves the personal data of children, and it’s unclear why VTech was storing this data in the first place.
“I had shell/command access to their server.” The hacker claims to have obtained 40 million accounts initially, then whittled that number down by weeding out the bot logins.
“They all had a common password pattern,” they said.