When a 3-year-old kept complaining to his parents that there’s a man that visits him at night, his parents decided to set up a camera to figure out what was going on. What they found shocked them so much, they decided to share their story so other parents are aware.
When they reviewed the video feed, they heard a voice coming from the baby monitor. It turned out that while no one was physically visiting the child, someone had been hacking into the family’s baby monitor and talking to the small child at night.
The parents heard the voice over the baby monitor say, “Wake up little boy, daddy’s looking for you,” according to AWM.
When they complained to the company, they actually found that baby monitor hacking is not only popular, but on the rise. With the creation of wifi baby monitors, parents suddenly find themselves being traced by an invisible creeper.
An Indiana mother says that she heard the song “Every Breath You Take” by The Police playing over her daughter’s baby monitor, followed by “sexual noises.”
In another incident in Texas, parents say they heard a hacker’s voice through their 2-year-old daughter’s baby monitor. The voice called the toddler “a moron,” among other insults.
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Vikas Bhatia, a cybersecurity company executive and father who researched the issue while shopping for monitors for his own baby, says that parents should take these incidents into consideration when shopping for baby monitors.
“The first question I would ask anyone who is buying a Wi-Fi enabled baby monitor is, ‘Do you specifically want to be able to access this monitor from outside the house?’… Most of the time, I hear, ‘No,'” Bhatia said.
A Huffington Post piece by Jenna Flannigan tells parents who do purchase a Wi-Fi enabled baby monitor that they should make sure that the manufacturer is proactive about updating the product’s security and make sure that passwords are strong enough to prevent hacking. She explains that most baby monitors come with preset usernames and passwords that may be accessible through a simple Google search, and that changing the default settings to custom network names and passwords helps prevent hacking.
Flannigan also suggests regularly updating software on baby monitors to stay up-to-date on the latest security upgrades.