3.3 million user profiles for sanriotown.com may have been compromised through a database breach.
The database for sanriotown.com, the online interactive community for the popular Hello Kitty brand, has been discovered online, potentially compromising 3.3 million user accounts.
Internet security researcher Chris Vickery first discovered the breach. According to Vickery, the information that was publicly posted included a wide range of private user information such as first and last names, gender, country of origin, email addresses, and even password hint questions and answers. Beyond this, two backup servers that contained mirrored data from the site were also found.
This kind of hack reveals the worrying reality that today’s children are at risk of having their online information compromised in a way that could have long-lasting ramifications throughout their lives.
“You look at play education moving from the classroom to the connected environment – to a connected community. You have to really think of the net value of the data down the line. These kids are going to be even more connected in the future, and while some of the information shared about them now might not bear the same consequence, they will be living in a world where they will have Apple Pay and Google Wallet and other things,” said Peter Tran, GM and senior director at the network security company RSA. “Parents have to take the same due diligence about managing one’s identity through something like this as you they would with a bank account,” he added.