Family scared due to strange messages left in baby’s hacked monitor
A mother residing in Lacey, Washington stated that she heard another woman’s voice from her son’s baby monitor while he was taking nap. Reportedly, a stranger had hacked into the baby monitor to leave a scary message to the couple’s three-year-old son.
“Wake up little boy, daddy’s looking for you.”
This is not the first time that a stranger has interacted through the hacked baby monitor, according to CBS New York. The report states that the young boy’s parents did not believe him when he tried to tell his parents about the voice in the past. They thought that their child was fabricating a story based on his overactive imagination.
However, when the parents heard the stranger’s “wake up” message with their own ears one night, they were absolutely scared by it.
The mother told Kiro TV that she heard strange voices in his son’s room while he was sleeping this Sunday. On first, she thought that people outside were talking loudly. However, after a few hours when she heard the same voice again, she went to her son’s to check the camera.
According to her, when she entered the room she heard a woman saying
“Oh, watch this one, she’s coming in again.”
“Well, I started to cry in there, because it all started coming back to me, and I started figuring things out.”
Then the mother noticed the camera moving around.
When the couple contacted the store from which they purchased the baby monitor (Foscam), they were told that it was possible for someone to enter and control their device from a distance. However, the company accepted that they would not be able to track and find the hacker.
A majority of web-linked devices get hacked if the device password is too small or device itself is susceptible for hacking. Lance Ulanoff, the chief correspondent for Mashable, advised parents to regularly change the passwords of their devices in order to make it difficult for cyber criminals to hack into them.
Yahoo! Finance recommends the use of strong passwords, as 90 percent of the passwords are susceptible to hacking.
“It’s basically like they’re standing next to you in your house… If somebody else has your login information, they can go to that same app, and log into your webcam, which is what happened here.”
Unfortunately, baby monitors are not the only devices that are aimed by cyber criminals within the home. Any device with a linked camera (including a home security system, surveillance camera or PC webcam) can also be entered from a distance as well.
A Rochester, Minnesota based family stated that their “nanny cam” was hacked a few days ago, as it played strange music automatically. Also, some of the child’s crib images were posted online.