What do you do if your child comes to you claiming that a stranger talks to him at night? This bizarre story of a 3-year-old telling his parents that a man talks to him every night understandably had his mom and dad a little confused and shaken.
Turns out, there was someone talking to their son and it wasn’t a friendly ghost. Someone had hacked their baby monitor and was speaking to their little guy at night. How scary!
Sarah and Jay said their son was afraid at night because he heard a man’s voice in his bedroom. The parents investigated and heard a man’s voice say: “Wake up little boy, daddy’s looking for you.”
The voice then talked about Sarah when she walked into the room. The couple also noticed the monitor camera was moving, even though they weren’t controlling it, as it followed their movements.
When they contacted the baby monitor company, they were informed that someone could have hacked into it and were controlling it from a computer or app, but that there was no way to track down who was doing it or where they were located.
The report in this YouTube video also talks about a family that discovered their device was hacked and images of their baby were posted online.
Like we don’t have enough to worry about in this world? Now we have to be concerned that the very thing we buy for the safety of our kids can be hacked?
According to a report from Huffington Post last year, “baby monitors with Wi-Fi can be hacked from virtually anywhere in the world.”
Vikas Bhatia, chief executive officer of the cybersecurity firm Kalki Consulting, explained that online predators are “looking for a vulnerability to exploit,” in this case a baby monitor connected to the Wi-Fi network.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) warned in 2016: “A lack of security when it comes to devices could mean that a search engine is used by criminals to locate vulnerable devices and then gain access to them or others on your home network. An attacker could then use your equipment to mount attacks on others or take your personal data to commit identity fraud.”
Scary stuff, indeed.
Bhatia offered advice for purchasing a baby monitor, most notably first identifying if you need to access the monitor from outside the house. If the answer is no, you can buy a monitor that doesn’t connect to the internet. If you have a monitor that is Wi-Fi enabled, you can turn that function off.
You should also change the default username and password on the device because that preset information is fairly easy for a hacker to track down. Choose a password that is complicated and long so that it’s not so simple to guess. Additionally, your Wi-Fi network should be password-protected.
People were quick to sound off on the YouTube video, with one saying, “Seriously all of your digital cameras are easy as all hell to hack even your phone’s camera,” “that’s messed up,” and “that’s why you dont buy a camera monitor and buy an audio monitor.”