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Mattel, one of America’s largest toy manufacturing companies, recently collaborated with ToyTalk, a new high-tech company founded by former Pixar employees, to develop "Hello Barbie," an Internet-connected, interactive Barbie doll that has conversations with children. Barbie, a favorite toy of little girls all over the world, is now the latest addition to the Internet of Things (IoT), which is not all fun and games. The Internet of Things refers to the interconnection of everyday objects or things to the existing Internet infrastructure. These things have Internet-connectivity capabilities, allowing them to send and receive data over a Wi-Fi connection. The things that make up the Internet of Things include cars, TVs, fitness bands, thermostats, smartwatches, medical devices, and household appliances like refrigerators, microwaves, and coffee makers. There are an estimated 5 billion connected devices in the Internet of Things, and the number of connected devices is quickly growing and will continue to grow in the years to come. While there are many benefits to having our everyday devices connect to the Internet, there is one major downside: they are subject to hacks by cybercriminals. If you believe that your child’s privacy or personal information has been compromised due to the Hello Barbie, the North Carolina class action attorneys of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. would like to speak to you about your legal options.

The security of things that make up the IoT should be a major concern for all users of these devices. Internet-connected devices are constantly vulnerable to hackers who want to gain access in order to steal personal information like social security numbers, credit card numbers, birth dates, and addresses, and sell this information on the digital black market for profit. The new Hello Barbie doll is no different from any other thing in the IoT. To hackers, the Internet-connected doll is just another vehicle that can be used to steal private information. Matt Jakubowski, a professional security researcher, discovered that when connected to Wi-Fi the Hello Barbie was extremely vulnerable to hacking, allowing him easy access to the doll’s system information, account information, stored audio files, and direct access to the microphone. Jakubowski told NBC News, "You can take that information and find out a person’s house or business. It’s just a matter of time until we are able to replace their servers with ours and have her say anything we want." Additionally, the information stored by the doll could allow hackers to take over a home Wi-Fi network and gain access to other devices connected to the same network.

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The simple fact is that if you own a Hello Barbie, your and your child’s personal information is extremely vulnerable to hackers. If you believe that your personal information has been compromised in any way due to the new Hello Barbie doll, contact the attorneys of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. today to determine if you may be entitled to compensation from Mattel and ToyTalk, the organizations responsible for keeping your information safe. Rhine Law Firm, P.C. has a team of experienced attorneys dedicated to investigating and litigating technology-based cases. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.

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