Baby monitor hacking abuse
Shocked parents hear stranger on baby monitor verbally abusing their child.
The US parents of a 2-year-old girl were horrified after hearing the voice of a stranger verbally abusing the child by using their baby monitor, reports ABC
Obviously shaken up by the incident, they say that the voice also abused them when they entered their daughter’s room. The couple have a baby monitor equipped with a camera, so the hacker could see them but they couldn’t see him.Terrifying abuse
As they were tidying up around the house, they heard the strange voice calling their daughter an “effing moron” and telling her to “wake up you little slut.” The hacker, who knew the daughter’s name and the parent’s names, then began shouting at them, calling the husband a “moron” and his wife a “bitch”, prompting the terrified father to unplug the baby monitor.
His daughter is hearing impaired, so she didn’t wake up during the incident.How to avoid being hacked in the home
According to security experts, baby monitors linked to Wi-Fi
in the home are vulnerable to attack, and the easiest way of avoiding this is by setting all connections to private, using a complex password and by changing the password regularly.
A hacker verbally abusing a baby is obviously highly unusual, it’s known that hackers could potentially use baby monitors with cameras as a means of scouting out the premises for burglary purposes.
Some parents have synched their baby monitors with other devices
such as smart phones or tablets in order to keep an eye on a child with a babysitter, so handheld devices also need to have secure passwords and advanced security settings.
Are your Wi-Fi security settings safe?