The Meeks family claims their cable box has been taken over by a hacker who is sending harassing messages to their televisions in Indianapolis.
According to WTVR, when a member of the family walks into a room with a television, the hacker takes control of the cable box and starts to type messages.
“This stuff is uncanny,” Alana Meeks told Fox 59 (video below). “ lI haven’t heard anything like this in my life. He says he’s a stalker.”
Alana showed one message to Fox 59 that read, "ISEEYOUHAHA." She also claims the hacker threatened her young granddaughter.
“He wants to do more than hurt her,” said Alana. “He wants to have sex with her. Pervert.”
“If you want me, come get me,” added Alana. “You know where I’m at, but you can’t have my grandbaby.”
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Fred Cate, research director for the Indiana University Center for Applied Cybersecurity, explained how this type of hacking happens: “The most common ways would be using a remote control, an infrared device, but that’s line of sight. You usually have to be in the room or within a close distance and clear vision to the box you’re changing the channel on or doing the typing on.”
“Whoever did this has had to have had physical access to the apartment [or the area outside the apartment window] at some time or another,” added Cate.
AT&T, which provided the cable box, released a statement: “We take security seriously and we are working with the customer to determine the cause and remedy of the situation.”