A mother was horrified to learn just what was happening to her young son after he told her someone had been talking to him while he was alone in the dark.
One day in 2015, the couple -- identified by Little Things as Jay and Sarah -- were informed by their son that someone was communicating with him in the dark. Confused, the couple decided to investigate by looking at his baby monitor activity.
As it turned out, a stranger hacked into the boy’s baby monitor and delivered a creepy message.
“Wake up little boy, daddy’s looking for you,” the stranger said.
The parents were shocked by the incident.
“Well, I started to cry in there, because it all started coming back to me, and I started figuring things out,” the mother said.
After the initial incident, the parents kept a close watch on the baby monitor, which resulted in more disturbing comments from the hacker.
“My wife walked in and I heard the exact words, ‘Look someone’s coming, or someone’s coming into view,'” Jay said, WCBS reported.
An Ohio couple, Heather and Adam Schreck, also encountered a hacker on their daughter’s baby monitor and spoke out to warn other parents of the dangers of such devices.
Heather said she first noticed something strange when she heard a man’s voice coming from the monitor. Confused, she picked up her phone and checked the app that controlled the baby monitor. She was shocked to discover the camera was moving, but her baby was not.
“About the time I saw it moving, I also heard a voice again start screaming at my daughter. He was screaming, ‘Wake up baby. Wake up baby.' Then just screaming at her trying to wake her up,” she told WXIX.
“Then it screamed at me,” Adam added. “Some bad things, some obscenities. So I unplugged the camera."
Tech experts say these incidents are bound to happen, as is the case with anything connected to the internet.
“It's not just that they want to get in and mess with your camera. More sophisticated hackers know they can use this as a launching off point to get into your network and potentially steal your ID or use your network to launch malicious attacks against someone else,” solutions expert Dave Hatter told WXIX.
Mashable Chief Correspondent Lance Ulanoff told WCBS that it’s simpler than it seems for hackers to get into baby monitors and invade privacy. She suggests people make sure they change the device's password from the default one it comes with.
“If somebody else has your login information, they can go to that same app, and log into your webcam, which is what happened here,” Ulanoff said.