A Houston mother was shocked to discover that her daughter's bedroom had been featured on a live-streaming webcam site without her knowledge.
ABC News reports that Jennifer, who asked that her last name not be used, was horrified to learn that her 8-year-old daughter's computer was hacked into, and her bedroom was shown on a live webcam feed for several weeks.
Shelby Ivies of Oregon discovered the live feed after downloading a Live Camera Viewer while searching through satellite images of Google Earth online. Upon downloading the viewer, she came across a live feed of a little girl's room in Houston, with the location posted at the top.
Ivies quickly posted to Facebook and various Houston news outlets, and her post was shared over 4,000 times.
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One of Jennifer's friends in Houston came across the post and recognized the girl's bedroom as that of Jennifer's 8-year-old daughter. She then contacted Jennifer and alerted her to the hack.
"We have security cameras to protect them," said Jennifer, "I feel like I've failed. ... People are watching my kids in their home, dressing, sleeping, playing."
"I was in tears, thinking of the violation [Jennifer] must feel," Ivies told ABC News.
Jennifer claims that her daughter had been playing a computer game with friends. When a prompt in the game asked for the name of a server, her daughter searched for one online, came across a name, entered it, and resumed playing.
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"From what I understand, there's tons of unprotected servers out there these kids are going on and basically people are waiting for them," Jennifer said.
KTRK reports that according to security experts, hackers could have tracked the family's IP address from her daughter's iPad, then used that to locate the computer in her room and access the modem as well as the DVR system, which was linked to the cameras throughout the house.
"They had  likes," Jennifer said of the live stream, "so I know for a fact 571 people have been staring at my kids, probably more. Nowadays, everyone wants to play with people they don't know, you don't know who these people are. You also don't know if these servers are protected. ... Always watch to see what your kids are doing."
Jennifer claims she refused to let her kids on the internet any longer, because she simply "can't chance it."
She and Ivies are now good friends. "She pretty much has kind of saved our lives, kind of silly as that sounds," Jennifer said. "She's protected us."