Arrest Made in Connection to VTech Toys Hack

Diane Bondareff/Invision for VTech/AP Images
Diane Bondareff/Invision for VTech/AP Images

The VTech Toys hack has gained a lot of buzz since our initial report. Now, a 21-year old man has been arrested in connection with the incident.

He was held in Bracknell — a technology hub west of London — on charges of “unauthorized access to a computer to facilitate the commission of an offense,” according to the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit of British police forces. Few details were provided, other than the seizure of a number of electronic items. According to a statement by Craig Jones of the regional cyber crime unit, “there is still much work to be done.”

The VTech hack affected nearly 12 million individuals, over half of which were children using VTech products like the Learning Lodge educational service. And while this arrest may help to uncover the source of the hack, it does very little to assuage concerns about VTech’s collection and storage of the data in the first place.

The VTech hacker provided much of the information  — including samples of the leaked data — as proof to Motherboard, in order to expose VTech’s lax and irresponsible security. VTech’s press release came later, with vague non-answers as to the full extent of the plight of their customers. And while people have asked VTech to answer for the practices that have led to this situation in the first place, so far the only person to have experienced any consequence has been the man suspected of having brought the information to light.

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