Cyber attack against electronic toy maker

A man has been arrested on suspicion of being connected to a cybercrime against the electronic toymaker, VTech.

He was arrested under suspicion of getting “unauthorised access” to a computer, according to a statement by the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU).

The crime was carried out in mid-November, when servers which held information on customers were breached.

It is believed that the number of people who could have been affected exceeded six million, possibly made worse by the amount of people who would have been purchasing products from the company in the run up to Christmas.

The support servers for the Learning Lodge app, an application which lets customers access and download content such as games and ebooks produced by VTech, were accessed.

The technology firm sells a wide variety of electronic devices, from tablets, to toy cars, to cameras.

“We are still at the early stages of the investigation and there is still much work to be done,” said Craig Jones, head of the cybercrime unit at the SEROCU.

“Cybercrime is an issue which has no boundaries and affects people on a local, regional and global level.”

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