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Man hacks into baby monitor

Hacker Takes Over Baby Monitor, Screams At Sleeping Child

When Heather and Adam Schreck heard a voice coming from their 10-month-old daughter's room, they thought someone had broken into their home.

'He was screaming, 'Wake up, baby. Wake up, baby.' And then just a long, 'Ahhhh,' screaming at her."

But when Adam got up to check, he realized the voice was coming from the baby monitor. And whoever it was, he began shouting at Adam.

Turns out the camera was hacked. The Cincinnati couple says they feel violated. They don't know just how many times the camera in their daughter's room had been hacked or how long someone else had been watching.

Baby monitors, like the Foscam wireless camera the Schrecks use, are common for parents looking for a way to check on their babies from anywhere. But that doesn't mean they're always secure.

There was a similar case involving one of these cameras last August, when Houston parents heard a voice coming from their toddler's room. A security expert tells ABC how the hackers get in.

"Everybody out there on the internet – the good guys, the bad guys – if they can get past that network router, then they can see all of the devices that are on your network."

That includes any internet-connected baby monitors. And if they get into your network, they only need to hack into your device to take control – an easy task if owners have a common password.

Following the August story, Forbes reported a firmware security flaw in the Foscam cameras made thousands of the devices in the U.S. vulnerable to such a hack. An update meant to fix it was reportedly released a few months before, in June.

But new firmware is only good if device owners make the update. So if you own one of these cameras – or something similar – here are a few quick tips.

1) Check the manufacturer's site for firmware updates.

2) Be sure to change the camera's username and password from the factory default.

3) Regularly change your wireless network's username and password, but make sure it's different from your camera's.

This type of hack isn't exclusive to Foscam devices, so it's important to keep tabs on all internet-connected devices you use. As for the Schrecks, they are taking this advice and say they will keep the camera.

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naojf22936 April 30 2014 at 5:36 AM

Nothing is 100 percent safe....nothing.

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Saint Richard naojf22936 April 30 2014 at 6:18 AM

Of course. Isn't everything in life like that?

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henry_bevis naojf22936 April 30 2014 at 12:18 PM

You can be safe if you use only wired devices.

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Humberto henry_bevis April 30 2014 at 12:55 PM

Sorry Henry, yes wireless present more opportunities for hack a system, however, the most commune is the Internet, and that the way the hacker did it, then any system integrated to the Internet, wired or not. is in risk to be hacked, not even close system like intranet is secure. Change the password frequently is the best option and install a good firewall.

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bjredmond64 April 30 2014 at 9:44 AM

oh, yes, let's explain how to hack a baby monitor so others, who didnt know how, can now do it. geesh, people are just plain stupid.

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david85719 April 30 2014 at 1:30 PM

so their wifi was UNSECURED! And they used the default password on the baby monitor.
DUH! How does someone be so stupid?????

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klnpiano April 30 2014 at 9:50 AM

I had four children - and survived their entire childhoods without the use of a baby monitor. I'm with the person who said.. " Why can't you just open the door and check on the baby??" Sometimes modern technology takes the place of common sense .. and now there are HACKERS who can get into your baby's room?? WHO needs that??

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Camp Bulldog April 30 2014 at 9:56 AM

THESE are bonifide...sick ********

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FREEDOM OF SPEECH April 30 2014 at 1:07 PM

Set a stronger password. Duh

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david85719 FREEDOM OF SPEECH April 30 2014 at 1:31 PM

they used the default password on the monitor.. and there was NO password on their wifi..


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david.konen opticianandynj4u April 30 2014 at 7:40 PM


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geocur3971 April 30 2014 at 12:47 PM

If this isn't a wake-up call, I don't know what is. I don't have need for baby monitors any longer. Even my grand kids are grown. But this would make me mad enough to want to, '...Do GREAT bodily harm...' to this -- or these -- bastard(s).

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Mark SuckerBurg April 30 2014 at 12:27 PM

Really? Do we need PEAP-TLS certificate based encryption on baby monitors now??? Hacker needs to get a life.

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rwitchwoman63 April 30 2014 at 10:39 AM

Hunt the SOB down and turn him over to the parents!!!!

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