"Wake up little boy, daddy's looking for you."
This was the terrifying message a couple overheard on their 3-year-old’s baby monitor after he fearfully complained about someone talking to him at night.
After that message, the mother said that she heard someone say, "look someone's coming" or "someone's coming into view” when she walked into her son’s room. At that moment, she realized that a stranger was controlling the camera remotely.
"Well, I started to cry in there, because it all started coming back to me, and I started figuring things out,” the mother said to CBS New York.
The couple became more suspicious after that and began to notice that the monitor moved when they weren’t controlling it and the night vision lens followed them when they moved, leading them to the conclusion that a stranger had hacked the baby monitor and used it to spy on their son and talk to him.
Both parents have asked to remain anonymous due to fear of the hacker learning their identities.
They reported the incident to Foscam, the company where they bought the baby monitor, but there’s no way for them to know who exactly had hacked it.
Many new baby monitors can connect to the Internet and may also come with Smartphone apps, making them easier to hack. Technology experts have warned about this danger, as other families have had their privacy invaded as well.
A family in Minnesota realized that their monitor had been hacked after photos of their baby appeared online.
In April, Fox 19 reported a story of a man who had hacked a baby monitor in Ohio and used it to scream, “Wake up baby. Wake up baby,” at an infant named Heather who had been asleep in her crib.
"You do kind of feel violated in a way," said Heather’s father Adam to Fox 19.
Lance Ulanoff, chief correspondent for the digital media website Mashable, has recommended that families change the default password of their monitors after purchase.
"If somebody else has your login information, they can go to that same app, and log into your webcam, which is what happened here," said Ulanoff.
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