It has been discovered that a Bluetooth phone designed to evoke the carefree days of infancy instead threatens the very adult prospect of being watched in your home.
The phone is the Special Edition of Fisher Price Chatter, a device that adds Bluetooth and a speakerphone to the brightly colored, smiley rotary dial phone that was previously possible to make calls only using one’s imagination.
The phone also goes by the name “60G LTE” – which stands for “60 great years, let’s talk everywhere” and a infomercial because the handset opens with “The past is finally here” before mocking the advertisements on mobile phones quite nicely.
The 2021 version of the device connects to a smartphone and can be used as a speakerphone or to make calls. Even the rotary dialer works for outgoing calls.
Before trying to find a supplier who can deliver this before Christmas, consider this post from security firm PenTest Partners because it says the Chatter has security issues that can turn it into a spy phone.
The message indicates that the Chatter is using classic Bluetooth without a secure pairing, which means it accepts any pairing request.
Anyone within range can therefore plug in a Bluetooth device and listen to whatever is said within range of Chatter’s microphone.
The PenTest partners also found:
- An attacker nearby could also use the Chatter phone to talk to and listen to a child in your home.
- Separately, if the telephone handset is left switched off, it will automatically answer any call to a connected smartphone, in a sort of “reverse dialing”
- The same attacker can also ring Chatter phone, so an unattended child is likely to respond
The security company appealed to Mattel, the parent company of Fisher Price, to explain why Chatter’s security is so bad and suggested disabling it as the simplest mitigation.
The device is sold out and luckily was only available in the United States
The original Chatter phone, with nothing electronics inside, remains available for $ 12.99. Â®