'It Was Terrifying': Hacker Hijacks Baby Monitor, Yells at Sleeping Baby
How's this for creepy? On Fox and Friends this morning, we heard from an Ohio mother who recounted how a hacker took control of the baby monitor in her daughter's room.
Heather Schreck explained that she and her husband were asleep at around midnight when suddenly they heard a man's voice coming from 10-month-old Emma's room.
The Schrecks' baby monitor records video and transmits it to the parents' cell phones, so Heather immediately looked at her phone. She said she saw the camera panning around the room, but she was not controlling it.
Her husband jumped up and ran into the bedroom, where he then heard expletives being shouted by the hacker through the monitor.
"It was terrifying. He unplugged it from the wall at that point to disconnect the camera. And then we just had to console Emma, who was terrified," said Schreck.
After doing some research, she said they've taken steps to secure their network. They changed the passwords on both the camera and the wireless router and will keep changing them periodically.
According to the report by Fox 19 in Cincinnati, experts warn that devices like this that connect to your wireless Internet are an easy target for hackers.
"Any kind of Internet-connected device essentially could be subjected to this," said Dave Hatter, a solutions expert for Infinity Partners.
And experts say once they get inside the camera in your home, hackers may also be able to get inside your lives.
"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," Hatter said.
Hatter's advice is to change the password on your Wi-Fi as well as the camera itself, and make them different. Also, check the manufacturer's website regularly for updates you can download since the available updates may not show up directly on the device, as they do on your computer or cell phone. The Foscam camera, for example, has a known firmware vulnerability and had released an update to correct the problem but the Schreck's were unaware of it.