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Over on c/net, they're reporting that a youngster figured out that it's easier to ask for forgiveness than permission, bypassing his mother's smartphone's security by simply waiting until she fell asleep. Once mommy dearest was in dreamland (Yes, Kirby's Dreamland) the whippersnapper carefully pressed her thumb to her phone to unlock it, as it was fingerprint protected. But the kid didn't use this newfound access to watch a bunch of videos with swear words or play a bunch of Mature-rated mobile games. Instead, she hopped on over to Amazon and purchased 13 Pokemon toys for herself, totaling $250 in sales. We're not clear on what was purchased but, given that she got 13 things for only $250, we're guessing she can add "thrifty shopper" to the term "young criminal" to describe herself.
What's most amazing to us is that this youngster is only six years old. Sure, there's a whole new generation of tech-savvy youngsters out there but, at six, I think I was too busy coloring and watching Mr. Rogers to figure out how to pull off a perfectly-orchestrated heist. I'm not sure this kid deserves punishment so much as an award for their ingenuity. These folks potentially have one of those baby geniuses on their hands.
As the original story points out, this isn't super uncommon for online retailers like Apple and Amazon to deal with. They're constantly having to deal with parents who are angry because it's too easy for their kids to make unauthorized purchases either through websites, apps or within games. We agree that additional security measures could be put in place but, as The Great Pokemon Heist of 2016 has pointed out, even cutting-edge security measures can be broken through with little effort if you've got a smart (and morally corrupt) child on your hands.
The mother was able to return four of the "gifts" her child had ordered for herself and, truthfully, she was probably happy to learn that her daughter was "shopping" when those unexpected purchases popped up on Amazon. Probably better to have a mischievous child on your hands rather than deal with a hacked account.
So if you're a parent, maybe take this tale as a warning. Your kid is apparently never too young to rob you blind, and they're even willing to do so while you're peacefully slumbering on the couch. Just what ARE these Pokemon games teaching our kids, anyway?