Amazon and Ebay are among the major retailers pulling a brand of smart toys from their sales platforms following warnings about cybersecurity weaknesses. The brand, called CloudPets, was found last year to have been storing millions of owners’ voice recordings online, BBC reports. CloudPets is a line of soft animal toys with an inbuilt microphone and speaker that lets children record messages and listen to those of friends and family. The recordings can then be stored online via Bluetooth.
In February 2017, security researcher Troy Hunt discovered that the recordings were being retrieved by unauthorized users and held for ransom. London-based Context Information Security also found that hackers could use the toys to spy on owners, as long as they were within Bluetooth range.