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‘Smart’ teddy bears that have listened to the voices of children and parents have been pulled from online stores after researchers said they were riddled with security flaws.

Walmart and Target stopped selling the online toy CloudPets last week.

Amazon then removed the toys on Tuesday morning.

Mozilla contacted Amazon this week to alert the firm of research that shows new vulnerabilities on CloudPets.

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CloudPets are a soft toy that allows parents and children to record voice messages to one another through a microphone installed in the bear, shared Daily Mail.

An app on a parent’s phone allows for messages recorded through the bear to be received remotely by the parent.

The parent can then respond by recording a message through their phone which is then sent to the bear.

Messages sent through the bear or app went through the internet and were stored online as audio files by toy company Spiral Toys.

‘In a world where data leaks are becoming more routine and products like CloudPets still sit on store shelves, I’m increasingly worried about my kids’ privacy and security,’ Ashley Boyd, Mozilla’s vice president of advocacy, said in a statement.

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  • Goes without saying doesn’t it. If there’s an internet link, then creeps can gain access. Disgusting but true

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  • Am starting to dislike all this modern technology – kids can’t just be kids anymore.

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  • Creepy. Once again people have taken internet security too lightly!!

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  • Toys and technology that just do not appeal to me in any way!

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  • Creepy crappy toy… In future kids and parents communicate using apps and devices and where’s the personal feel…

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  • In a world where data leaks are becoming more routine and products like CloudPets still sit on store shelves, I too am worried about the kids’ privacy and security.

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  • I could see how these could be so easily hacked. Scary really.`

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  • Woah that’s a tad creepy! Another cause for concern with young children using technology..

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  • Seems the more technology we have the more problems it brings.

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  • Just when you think they can’t sink any lower, down they go stopping way way down. Child predators are the most vile people on the planet

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  • Good to hear they are off the shelves.

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  • Just don’t buy anything that interacts online. Simple.

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  • Anything that relies on wi-fi is a privacy concern. I wouldn’t risk it.

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  • Anything that can give online predators this kind of access is scary.

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