SMART TOY KID ABUSE WARNING
Perverts could hack Furby
CHRISTMAS smart toys could leave children vulnerable to paedophiles and sexual predators.
Four products expected to be festive bestsellers could be used by strangers to groom youngsters, experts warn.
Consumer group Which? raised the alarm after testing the Furby Connect, i-Que Intelligent Robot, Toy-Fi Teddy and Cloud Pets.
It found that the Bluetooth connection in each of the toys had not been secured. This meant hackers did not need a password, PIN code or other authentication to access them.
Which? said “very little technical know-how” was needed to gain access to the toys to start sharing messages with a child.
Managing director Alex Neill said: “Connected toys are becoming increasingly popular, but anyone considering buying one should apply a level of caution.
“Safety and security ® should be the absolute priority with any toy.
“If that can’t be guaranteed, then the products should not be sold.”
But Vivid Imaginations, which distributes the i-Que Intelligent Robot, said: “There have been no reports of these products being used in a malicious way.”
MUSIC icon Sir Elton John sports a mean moustache to raise funds for men’s health.
The singer-songwriter and his band rocked their Movember hair backstage on US TV’s The Late Show.
Men are encouraged to grow moustaches in November and raise funds for the Movember Foundation. The charity aims to reduce the number of men dying prematurely from prostate and testicular cancer, mental health and suicide.
BUY: Furby Connect TESTED: i-Que robot