The 1980’s saw the birth of a film franchise that spawned 5 sequels with a 6th pencilled in for release later this year. The film franchise was Childs Play and introduced us to the main character, a child’s toy doll called Chucky. All sounds very cute until you realise that voodoo is at play. The doll has been possessed by the soul of a serial killer and comes to life.
If a talking responsive child’s doll in the 1980’s was a horror writers work of fiction what do people think of Cayla?
My Friend Cayla is a child’s doll that is able to respond to questions, strike up a conversation and tell stories. My Friend Cayla is like “a real friend” connecting to the internet via wireless and synchronises with iOS or Android smart devices via Bluetooth. The toy does come with some safety features and a “naughty word” black list. But is Cayla all sweetness and light once a hacker gets hold of her? Apparently not when and she has been recoded quoting Hannibal Lector as well as reading extracts from 50 Shades of Grey. There are a number of videos that have been posted on YouTube where Cayla could be sent to the naughty step.
Hackers On the Loose
This is not the first example of hackers exploiting a system and looking to scare the owners. In 2013 an American couple heard a stranger’s voice over their baby monitor seemingly calling their child’s name and talking to the child. The couple naturally were convinced there was an intruder in the house talking to their child and ran upstairs in a state of panic. In reality a hacker had broken into their wireless baby monitoring system and manipulated the cameras to see the child’s name and then proceeded to talk to the child. The couple disconnected the system permanently after this scare. But interestingly this is one of many cases of parents and nanny’s being frightened by hackers tampering with baby monitoring systems.
In many cases hackers are motivated by the sense of achievement having broken into a system that has clearly not been designed with robust security controls.
With the growth of the internet of things do not be too shocked if you are woken up one night by one of your house hold appliances calling your name or playing the musical score from the film Psycho……………Sleep well.
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