Texas family discovers baby monitor hacked after they hear voices calling daughter's name from camera
POSTED: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 1:25pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 5:11pm
TEXAS (CNN) — A baby monitor brought on a horrifying situation for some Texas parents. The camera they were using to monitor their 2-year-old and keep her safe was hacked, and what the hacker did was chilling.
For two years, Marc Gilbert and his wife have come to rely on their Internet cameras.
"We almost couldn't live without it," said Gilbert.
With the camera, they could watch their two toddlers in their rooms. But, over the weekend, someone else was watching, too.
Gilbert says he first heard a voice from down the hall, as he and his wife got closer, what it was saying got worse.
The parents heard, "Wake up, Allyson, you little [expletive]."
And soon, he knew it was coming from the camera.
"I see the camera move on us," said Gilbert.
Gilbert immediately pulled the plug and started doing research. He believes someone hacked his router, as well as the camera. The person could see Allyson's name on her wall to call her by it.
He now wants to warn other parents about the danger.
"As a father, I'm supposed to protect her against people like this," said Gilbert. "So, it's a little embarrassing to say the least, but it's not going to happen again."
The only saving grace is that Allyson never heard a thing.
"Allyson was born deaf, so she has cochlear implants," said Gilbert. "Thankfully, we had them off, and she didn't hear any of it and she slept right through it."
A computer expert suggests following all security recommendations for these types of cameras, as well as securing your home networks as much as possible.