Hello Barbie™ doll is top of many young girls Christmas lists to Santa. This new Barbie can interact with children by holding conversations, playing games, sharing stories and even telling jokes!
The newest version of Mattel’s Barbie doll is a Wi-Fi-enabled, which allows it to interact with it’s owner.
But now a US cyber security consultant has discovered hackers could take control of the doll, use it as a surveillance device, conduct unauthorised conversations with children and even use it to hack into other devices on home Wi-Fi networks.
The doll connects to the internet via Wi-Fi and has a microphone to record children and send that information off to third-parties for processing before the doll responds to the child.
The consultant that hacked the doll, Matt Jakubowski, discovered that when connected to Wi-Fi the doll was vulnerable.