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Normally the FBI does not have to get involved when it comes to Christmas toy shopping, however this year there is one toy that seems to be a concern when it comes to the safety of children. A Cyber Crime Alert was released recently by the FBI Sacramento field office relating to a toy called the Video Girl Barbie.
The toy was released in July and seems like a very harmless digital invention. Retailing for around $49.99, the doll promises to be a hit this Christmas season. However, the FBI believes that the toy can be exploited by pedophiles to create child pornography.
Here are the specifics about the toy:
The doll conceals the lens of the camera in a necklace in the front, and has a small LCD screen for video display in her back. The doll can capture thirty minutes of footage, and the videos are downloadable to a computer through a miniUSB port and cable.
The alert was actually sent to KIRO 7 Eyewitness News and was not made public. It was actually meant to be circulated only to FBI offices.
The footage that's recorded by the Barbie can be uploaded onto the computer but does not stream directly to the Internet. However, children can easily upload the video themselves to the Internet once it is on a computer.
Mattel did respond to the alert by sending an e-mail statement that said:
"The FBI is not reporting that anything has happened. Steve Dupre from the FBI Sacramento field office has confirmed there have been no incidents of this doll being used as anything other than as intended. Mattel products are designed with children and their best interests in mind. Many of Mattel's employees are parents themselves and we understand the importance of child safety - it is our number one priority."

FBI Concerned About Video Girl Barbie Becoming Pedophile Tool


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