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12/28/2015
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Tech Gifts That Security Pros Will Probably Return

Insecure gifts that CISOs and other security pros are likely returning as we speak.
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Hello Barbie

The concept of Hello Barbie is creepy enough to the Average Joe. A toy that records a child's every utterance, ostensibly so that a back-end service can catalogue, store, and analyze it in order to respond in a realistic fashion. It's a privacy nightmare and a very hackable device at that. We're pretty sure Rod Serling covered this ground capably a generation ago--most of us don't want to have a go with a modern day reinterpretation.



Considering that the typical infosec pro is a good bit twitchier about privacy than the Average Joe, chances are high that any of them with kids probably didn't even let the cellophane hit the floor before swooping in to set this toy aside in the return pile. 

(Image Source: Mattel.com)

Hello Barbie

The concept of Hello Barbie is creepy enough to the Average Joe. A toy that records a child's every utterance, ostensibly so that a back-end service can catalogue, store, and analyze it in order to respond in a realistic fashion. It's a privacy nightmare and a very hackable device at that. We're pretty sure Rod Serling covered this ground capably a generation ago--most of us don't want to have a go with a modern day reinterpretation.

Considering that the typical infosec pro is a good bit twitchier about privacy than the Average Joe, chances are high that any of them with kids probably didn't even let the cellophane hit the floor before swooping in to set this toy aside in the return pile.

(Image Source: Mattel.com)

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