Hello Barbie – worst toy of the year

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My last 2015 pop culture chat with Leon Compton on 936 ABC Hobart this morning – the talk eventually gets around to the topic of the worst toy of 2015 which is the wifi Barbie and its related security problems. Listen to the soundcloud recording here.
Yes, it turns out that amongst the toys on sale the Hello Barbie has a major problem allowing its wifi function to potentially become a security flaw. It has been proclaimed to be the worst toy of the year (see links below).
Eavesdropping Barbie Brings Home The Win For Worst Toy Of The Year
This is the Worst Toy of the Year by Far
And was reported on by the ABC recently:
Hello Barbie: Wi-fi-enabled doll labelled a bedroom security risk
It doesn’t appear you can buy them in Aus, but you can pick them up easily enough online of course.
However, there have been cases of massive security breaches occuring through wifi webcams etc. Such as this recent story exposing Yahoo webcam’s capturing of images on home computers and private laptops:
Optic Nerve: millions of Yahoo webcam images intercepted by GCHQ
Barbie has previously has problems:
  • ‘No Gender December’: Greens Senator calls for end to gender-based toys
  • Barbie boycott: Bob Katter hits back at campaign against gender-based toys ahead of Christmas buying frenzy
  • Barbie Is a Computer Engineer: The terrible book gets remixed.
  • the early 1990’s where the ‘Barbie Liberation Front’ changed the voice boxes of Barbie with GI Joe dolls might provide some fun audio.

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