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Doll Hacking: The Good, The Bad(words) and the Ugly (features)

The age of internet connected toys is upon us. Increasingly, we are seeing children's toys connected to the internet, commonly through an app. I recently purchased a My Friend Cayla (http://www.myfriendcayla.com/) for uh…testing. I wanted to test the security of the device to see how safe it is for children.

In short, the toy does a good job of protecting children from inappropriate content, but any device (phone, tablet, laptop) can connect to the toy and play or record audio. That last bit scares me. The only protection against recording and arbitrary sound output is that only one device can be connected at a time. An opportunistic bad guy would only need to wait for the tablet or phone to go out of range or run out of battery.
Initial TestingI first needed to get a basic understanding of what Cayla can do and how she works. So I turned her on, connected her to my iPad via Bluetooth, and played with the app.

She began speaking and asking questions about me and my day. She is quite …