SMART TOY KID ABUSE WARN­ING

Perverts could hack Furby

Daily Star - - Forum - By LAURA NEIL news@dai­lystar.co.uk

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.

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