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Hello Barbie controversy re-ignited with insecurity claims...

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Did they just not think this through?

Back in February, The Register queried the security and privacy implications of Mattel's “Hello Barbie”, and now the doll has hit the shelves, a prominent security researcher has turned up the first security problems with the toy.

After an initial flurry of concern, the issue went quiet, but last Friday Matt Jakubowski (formerly of Trustwave's SpiderLabs) reignited it by extracting Wi-Fi network names, account IDs, and MP3 files from the toy.

That brought a defensive response from Oren Jacob, CEO of ToyTalk (which provides the cloud processing chunk of Hello Barbie). He called Jakubowski an “enthusiastic researcher”, said the data is “already available” to customers, and “no major security or privacy protections have been compromised”.

While it's probably easier to get an SSID by standing outside a house and letting it pop up on your phone's Wi-Fi connection list, an account ID is another matter, since all an attacker needs is to get a password and they have access to the Hello Barbie account.

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