Alleged VTech Hacker Arrested in the U.K.

Police in the United Kingdom believe they have caught the culprit behind a massive cyberattack against leading electronic toy maker VTech that compromised the information of nearly 5 million adults and over 6 million children.

The South East Regional Organized Crime Unit, or SEROCU, in Bracknell, a town about 30 miles west of London, arrested a 21-year-old man yesterday for alleged unauthorized access to a VTech computer. The police also seized several electronic items from the suspect as part of their investigation.

?EU?Cyber criminality is affecting more and more business around the world and we continue to work with our partners to thoroughly investigate, often very complex cases,?EU? said Craig Jones, head of the Cyber Crime Unit at SEROCU, in a statement. ?EU?We are still at the early stages of the investigation and there is still much work to be done. ?EU?We will continue to work closely with our partners to identify those who commit [offenses] and hold them to account.?EU?

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Here?EU?s the back story: The database of the company?EU?s Learning Lodge app store, which allows customers to download apps, e-books and learning games, was breached on November 14 HKT (Hong Kong Time). The hack was discovered on November 24 HKT and customers were notified on November 27 HKT.

The company said the attack compromised the profiles of 6.4 million kids around the world, along with 4.9 million parent accounts. ?EU?It is important to note that our customer database does not contain any credit card information and VTech does not process nor store any customer credit card data on the Learning Lodge Web site," the company said previously.

VTech makes a wide variety of children's toys, including the VTech My Laptop (pictured). The company's customer database holds a slew of user profile information. The personal identifiers in the database include names, e-mail...

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