Hacker screams at baby via child monitoring system

CINCINNATI, Ohio (WXIX) - An Ohio couple says they feel violated after discovering their baby monitor had been hacked by a stranger.

"Sound asleep about midnight, all of a sudden, I heard…sounded like a man's voice, but I was so asleep I wasn't sure," said Heather Schreck.

Disoriented and confused, Schreck picked up her cell phone to check the camera in her 10-month-old daughter Emma's room. She could see the camera moving, which didn't make sense, because she wasn't moving it.

"About the time I saw it moving, and I also heard a voice again start screaming at my daughter," Schreck said. "He was screaming, 'Wake up baby. Wake up baby,' and then just a long 'aaaaahhhh,' screaming at her, I guess trying to wake her up."

Heather's husband, Adam, ran into Emma's room to check on his daughter, only for the baby monitor camera to turn its gaze from his petrified daughter to him.

"And then it screamed at me," he said.

What did he hear?

"Just some bad things, some obscenities. So I went and I unplugged the camera," he said.

The Schrecks were only beginning to plug into the truth of what had just happened to them, and wondering how many other times someone may have hacked into their camera and watched their baby.

"You do kinda feel violated in a way," Adam said.

According to experts, wireless IP cameras like the one the Schrecks have are an easy way for hackers to open a cyber door into your home.

"Any kind of Internet-connected device potentially could be subjected to this," said Dave Hatter, a solutions expert at Infinity Partners.

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," Hatter said. "More sophisticated hackers know they can use this as a launching off point to get into your network and potentially steal your identity or use your network to launch malicious attacks against something else."

Hatter's advice? Change the password on your wi-fi, as well as the camera itself, and make them different. You should also check the manufacturer's website regularly for updates you can download.

Simple security steps the Schreck family will now be taking after an intruder walked directly into their home through a security camera.

"I was just absolutely shocked to see somebody could get into my house so easily," Heather Schreck said.


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