Officials in Germany and other countries are warning parents to get rid of a popular toy because of hacking fears. The warning, issued by the Federal Network Agency, states that hackers could be using an unsecure device embedded in the doll to monitor and speak directly to children.
The My Friend Cayla doll, distributed by Vivid Toy group, has had several other incidents of hacking back in 2015, however the company states those were isolated incidents. Despite this, experts say the dolls bluetooth connectivity and mobile application pose serious potential for unlawful surveillance.
The doll uses internet connection to respond to children using the toy. It is this capability that could allow hackers access into homes. Complaints have been filed by US and EU consumer groups.