You may or may not have heard about the recent cyber attack on toy maker, VTech which has affected five million customers, including parents and children from all over the world.
But how did it happen?
A couple of weeks ago, hackers successfully broke into the servers of VTech and stole the personal information of nearly 5 million parents and over 200,000 kids. What we didn’t know until now was that the hackers had managed to steal pictures of the children too.
This recent finding would suggest that VTech’s IT and security plan was not particularly up to date. The passwords, according to reports, were encrypted using an outdated hacking algorithm, which meant that plenty of simple passwords could easily be cracked. This could lead to hackers being able to gain control of other accounts.
In recent times, companies of all shapes and sizes have started using Information Technology more frequently. As more devices are connected to the Internet and as companies increasingly collect personal information about their customers, such attacks are expected to increase. This can pose problems when security is not taken seriously.
In VTech’s case, they obviously didn’t place enough emphasis on putting in place a robust security plan.
Small businesses may be targeted less but the effects are just as serious. Smaller companies are also relatively easy to target for cyber crime.
This is the latest in a long line of data breaches that includes the recent TalkTalk hacks, which saw a database of millions of customers being accessed by hackers, leading to phishing attacks and scams.
Despite the frequency of these attacks, companies still do not seem to be getting the message. It would be much easier to prevent these things from happening, with careful planning and IT consultation, than to wait for the worst to happen!