The German Federal Network Agency classified Cayla as an ‘illegal espionage apparatus’, this means that in Germany retailers could be fined if they continued to sell it, or failed to disable its wireless connection before sale.
(AP) — The Latest on a hacking attack on a North Carolina county (all times local): a.m.Mecklenburg County Sheriff spokeswoman Anjanette Flowers Grube said in an email that the problems don’t extend to the processing of emergency calls, which is handled by the city of Charlotte.Diorio said leaders are working with a technology consultant and haven’t ruled out paying the ransom.Charlotte officials say city government computers haven’t been hacked.Like the I-Que, My Friend Cayla is manufactured by Genesis Toys and distributed in Europe by the Vivid Toy Group.
In 2016, the Norwegian Consumer Council (Forbrukerrådet) – which recently exposed issues with kids smartwatches – filed complaints in Norway against both the i-Que and Cayla after running its own investigation.With toys like the Furby, this is possible via a firmware update, but it would be better if this was incorporated into the design process before the toys were released. successfully campaigned to promote the use of lead-free paint in toys.Some 50 years on and we feel unsecured connected toys pose a different, but equally important risk to children. Managing Director of Home Products and Services, said: “Connected toys are becoming increasingly popular, but as our investigation shows, anyone considering buying one should apply a level of caution.These connected toys all have security issues, but this is just the tip of a very worrying iceberg.Other countries have started to act to ensure children are kept safe, we’d like the UK to follow suit.Connected toys with Bluetooth, wi-fi and mobile apps may seem like the perfect gift for your child this Christmas.