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Germany bans talking doll Cayla, citing security risk

BERLIN, Feb 17 (Reuters) A talking doll named Cayla has been banned by German authorities because the software inside her could be hacked, posing a security risk and allowing personal data to be revealed.
The Federal Network Agency recommended that parents who bought the doll for their children destroy it.
"The Cayla doll is banned in Germany," agency head Jochen Homann said. "This is also about protecting the weakest members of society."
The software in the doll - created by the US company Genesis Toys -- allows a child to have a conversation with the doll.
But this carried a risk of espionage and could compromise privacy, Homann said in a statement.
Researcher Stefan Hessel, who had examined the toy and alerted the agency, said hackers could use an unsecure bluetooth device embedded in it to listen and talk to the child playing with it.
"In a test, I was able to hack the toy even through several walls. It lacks any security features," Hessel told the German website Netzpolitik.org.
The German distributer, Vivid GmbH, could not be reached for comment.
Surveillance is a sensitive issue in Germany where East Germany's Stasi secret police and the Nazi era Gestapo kept a close watch on the population.
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23 Feb 2017 | 12:35 PM
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23 Feb 2017 | 2:12 PM

Seven killed in Lahore blast

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23 Feb 2017 | 1:42 PM
3 soldiers, woman killed in militant ambush in Kashmir

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23 Feb 2017 | 12:06 PM
PM to unveil 112-foot statue of Shiva in TN

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23 Feb 2017 | 11:58 AM
Govt directs NAFED to procure pulses directly from farmers

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23 Feb 2017 | 2:45 PM
Iraqi security forces storm Mosul airport

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BAGHDAD, Feb 23 (Reuters) - US-backed Iraqi security forces closing in on the Islamic State-held western half of Mosul stormed the city's main airport and a nearby military base today, state television said.

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23 Feb 2017 | 12:19 PM
India's satellite launch wins accolades from international media

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New Delhi, Feb 15 (UNI) India today carved out a niche in annals of space science by successfully launching 104 satellites on a single mission, overtaking the previous record of 37 satellites launched by Russia in 2014 and winning accolades from the international community and the global media.

TransferWise launches international money transfers via Facebook

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