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Lessons learnt from VTech — Is your website secure?

Hong Kong-based toy maker VTech reportedly encountered data breach in November.  More than five million names, email addresses, passwords, and home addresses of parent customers, and around 200,000 first names, genders and birthdays of kids were reported to be exposed.


According to the online magazine Motherboard, the hacker indicated he took advantage of the vulnerability at the VTech’s Web applications to compromise the website, and gained “root” privilege and access to the system with full control.
Attacks targeting websites were on the rise locally last year. According to the Hong Kong Security Watch Report 2015 Q3 (Figure 1), over 11,000 Web servers in Hong Kong were found defaced or compromised to host malware and phishing. The statistics were gathered from global security researchers.

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