Mom Heather Schreck and hubby Adam were sound asleep, nestled cozily in their bed at their Hebron, Ohio, home. Their 10-month-old baby girl Emma was in her room down the hall, slumbering peacefully.
All three were blissfully snoozing. They were completely unaware that a creep was watching Emma sleep…
It wasn’t a “peeping Tom” peering in the nursery window. No one had broken into their home either.
So how were prying eyes keeping watch on a sweet, innocent baby girl? You won’t believe how it happened.
Heather drifted out of sleep when she heard a man’s voice faint in the distance. She had no idea what was going, where the voice was coming from and who on earth was talking in her home.
She reached for her cell phone and checked the camera feed from Emma’s room. The camera was moving around, but Heather wasn’t moving it!
Was there someone in the baby’s room physically handling the camera? What was going on, Heather wondered?
“About the time I saw it moving, I also heard a voice again start screaming at my daughter. He was screaming, ‘Wake up baby. Wake up baby.’ Then just screaming at her trying to wake her up.”
Adam leaped out of bed and sprinted to Emma’s room. As soon as he entered the nursery, the camera swiveled away from a frightened Emma and trained directly on him.
“Then it screamed at me. Some bad things, some obscenities. So I unplugged the camera.”
How on earth was someone manipulating their baby cam? It turned out that a complete stranger had hacked the software that operated Emma’s baby monitor and was harassing the family!
According to tech and security experts, wireless IP cameras like the Foscam IP Camera that Heather and Adam used have little to no security walls built up to protect the users. Hackers can easily access the system and not just peer at you unknowingly going about your day, but steal your identity, too, Dave Hatter, solutions expert for Infinity Partners told Fox 19.
“Any kind of Internet-connected device essentially could be subjected to this. 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.”
The couple was shocked that someone could overpower their baby monitor and possibly take over their identities, ruining their lives. They were chilled to the core, Adam said.
“You do kind of feel violated in a way.”
Learn how to prevent such an intrusion and security breech in the video below. How frightening!