UK Man Busted for Data Breach

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 @ 03:12 PM gHale

A 21-year-old UK man is in custody in connection with the VTech data breach, where 4.8 million parent records and 6.7 million accounts for children ended up stolen after a cyber attack, British police said.

The South East Regional Organized Crime Unit (SEROCU) arrested the man, who police did not identify, at his home in the town of Bracknell, in Berkshire, England, Tuesday.

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Bracknell, a town west of London, is the home of UK-based tech startups, and has a strong tech scene, with programmers and coders living in the area.

Police also seized computers from the man’s home for further forensic analysis.

This is the first arrest made in the VTech data breach that took place November 14 but ended up reported two weeks later.

During the incident, an attacker broke through VTech’s defenses and made off with large amounts of information about parents and their kids.

VTech is a toy maker that creates educational and learning toys for kids around the world. VTech’s headquarters is in China.

In the initial report, investigators said 200,000 children’s accounts ended up compromised. After further analysis, this number increased to 6.7 million after a few days.

Data stolen in the incident includes real names, emails, home addresses, login credentials, family trees, kid images, children names, and children genders.

“We are still at the early stages of the investigation and there is still much work to be done. We will continue to work closely with our partners to identify those who commit offenses and hold them to account,” said Craig Jones, head of the cyber crime unit at SEROCU. “Cyber crime is an issue which has no boundaries and affects people on a local, regional and global level.”