In this Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010, file photo, a boy looks at VTech’s V.Reader, an interactive e-reader for children ages 3 and older, in New York. Police in the UK said Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, they’ve made an arrest in the hacking of kids’ technology maker VTech, which compromised the personal information of more than 6 million children around the world. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
Police in the UK say they’ve made an arrest in the hacking of kids’ technology maker VTech, which compromised the personal information of more than 6 million children around the world.
The South East Regional Organised Crime Unit, a regional task force made up of a handful of English police departments, says its cybercrime unit arrested a 21-year-old man was on hacking-related charges Tuesday morning in Bracknell, a town about 30 miles west of London.
Police seized a number of electronic items that will be examined by a cybercrime forensics unit.
Craig Jones, who heads the cybercrime unit, says in a statement that the investigation remains in its early stages and much work still needs to be done. Few other details were provided.
VTech officials didn’t immediately return emails seeking comment.
The November hacking of Hong Kong-based VTech Holdings Ltd.’s Learning Lodge database compromised the profiles of 6.4 million kids around the world, along with the 4.9 million parent accounts that they were connected to.
News of the breach came just as the holiday shopping season was shifting into high gear. Kid-friendly tablets,…