Hello Kitty, the most popular character created by Sanrio whose business is based off of a cute collection of characters that can be found on anything and everything from backpacks to toasters, has been the subject of controversy recently. Sanrio recently had a big leak from their website – of 3.3 million users data to be precise. The data set includes name, e-mail address, date of birth, passwords and security questions and answers. The unfortunate thing is that since Sanrio products typically appeal to kids and teens, there may be a lot of young peoples’ data caught up in this breach. This comes just a few months after VTech – another manufacturer of kids toys got hacked, leaking about 6.4 million kids’ information.
As a security measure, Sanrio is recommending that all users change their passwords, and if they have used the same password on any other sites, they should also change those passwords. The scary thing about fraud and identity theft with kids is that it can really go undetected for years, since most kids aren’t getting regular credit checks or trying to buy big ticket items that would require such a thing. By the time it is discovered, things could really be out of hand. It just goes to show that no one is safe, and everyone should be vigilant about their internet security.
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