HACKERS HAVE YET AGAIN targeted the little ones in a data leak that has affected millions of Hello Kitty customers.
Details of 3.3 million user records were accessed by hackers via a website called Sanriotown.com, an online community for the popular Japanese character Hello Kitty owned by Sanrio Co, a firm that designs, licenses and produces products based on pop-culture characters.
The hack was uncovered by Chris Vickery, the vulnerability hunter who discovered the much-publicised hack at VTech, and exposed records including names, email addresses, passwords, birth dates and locations of those registered with the website.
A number of other domains are also reportedly affected by the data leak, including hellokitty.com, hellokitty.com.sg, hellokitty.com.my, hellokitty.in.th and mymelody.com.
Security blog Salted Hash, which was contacted by Vickery following his discovery, reported that the leak was due to poor database security and that two backup servers containing mirrored data were also found online. The earliest logged exposure of the data is 22 November.
Users of any of the affected websites are urged to change their passwords immediately. Any passwords used with other services, such as email and online banking, should now also be updated.
SanrioTown stated on its website that the firm routinely collects a range of details from users.
"The second kind is non-personally identifiable information which includes your IP address, operating system, browser software, ISP, domain type and other numeric codes which identify a computer."
The Sanrio Co hack comes just weeks after kiddie computer firm VTech admitted that over one million UK parent and child records were compromised in an attack on its servers.
Up to 190GB of private images and a huge cache of personal chat logs between parents and children were among the data stolen. The data included five million customer records covering names, addresses and passwords, alongside roughly 200,000 personal details of children. µ
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