The UK Telegraph says there is a new Barbie who spies on you.
Hello Barbie comes equipped with speech recognition technology and Wi-Fi, and manufacturer Mattel says the toy “listens and remembers the user's likes and dislikes, giving everyone their own unique experience.”
Some are concerned about the potential risks involved in giving a child a toy that can record what they’re saying and send the audio over the internet for processing.
NBC spoke to security professional Matt Jakubowski, who managed to hack the Hello Barbie operating system. He said he was able to extract information including Wi-Fi network names, account IDs and MP3 files.
He warned that the information he was able to retreive could be used to find someone’s house or business, and to access their home network and everything that the Barbie had recorded. He added: “It’s just a matter of time until we are able to replace their servers with ours and have her say anything we want.”