Amazon stops selling CloudPets due to Cyber Threat concerns

Amazon, the world-renowned American online retailer has decided to pull down the sales of CloudPets from its online store due to cybersecurity concerns. Readers of the Cybersecurity Insiders have to notify over a fact over here that Amazon took the decision of removing the said company toys on Tuesday after it received reports that Walmart and Target have already stopped selling toy CloudPets since last week.

Note- CloudPets which are basically kid toys allow parents and children to record voice messages to one another through a microphone installed in a bear. Here, a Smartphone app installed on the parents’ phone helps in carrying out the interaction procedure- where all the conversed audio files are stored on the cloud storage owned by toy company Spiral Toys.

Last year, security researchers from a cybersecurity firm named ‘Cure53’ discovered that hackers were able to access the online database and obtain email addresses, passwords and voice recordings from children which could be held for ransom and be used against the parents in future. It said that more than 800,000 people were affected by the breach.

Mozilla worked with the research firm after the 2017 breach exposure and found that the Bluetooth vulnerabilities that led to the first attack were still open.

Since the company manufacturing the CloudPets did not bother to lock down the vulnerability, all popular online retailers selling those toys have decided to ban the sale of the said CloudPets through their platform.

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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