6-year-old gets the sleeping mother fingerprint to shop online


The most famous, and most unlikely, a hacker in the news this week little Ashlynd Howell of Little Rock, arkansas. The exploits of the enterprising 6-year-old first came to light in a Wall Street Journal story about the difficulties of keeping presents a secret in the digital age.

It seems that while mom Bethany was sleeping on the couch, Ashlynd gently picked up her mother’s thumb and used it to unlock the Amazon app on her phone.

They then proceeded to the order of $250 value of Pokemon presents for themselves. When her parents got 13 confirmation notices about the purchases, she thought she’d been hacked (they were, as it turned out) or that their daughter has had this by accident.

But they proudly explained, “No, Mom, I was shopping.” The Howells were able to return only four of the items. That nugget of the Magazine story has now charmed the Internet.

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“Child genius,” explains a post at New York magazine, while Gizmodo comes this “kid hero.” CNET points out that the FTC is cracking down online retailers, such as Amazon, Apple and Google, for that it is too easy for children to buy things, but suggests parents might want to wear gloves while sleeping around gift time.

“This is pretty unique case, as several factors have contributed to the child’s digital shopping, including the Amazon app is set up for password-free order,” says a post at BGR.

But it just shows how easy it is to foil security features, adds Mike Wehner. “I mean, really, if a six-year-old can beat it, how safe is it?” (Return to a lot of stuff can get you banned on Amazon.)

This article originally appeared on Newser: the Sleeping Parents, protect Your Fingerprints

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