Multiple news sources are reporting a story about a hacker taking over a Houston family’s wireless video baby monitor and saying lewd things to the child and the parents when they came to investigate.
“When Marc Gilbert and his wife Lauren entered the room, the voice cursed them as well.
The eerie voice — which had a British or European accent — was coming from the family’s baby monitor that was also equipped with a camera. A hacker had taken over the monitor….
As he and his wife got closer to the room, they heard the voice calling his daughter an “effing moron,” and telling her,”‘wake up you little slut.”
The hacker then began shouting expletives at her parents and calling Gilbert a stupid moron and his wife a b****.”
The parents unplugged the device. The internet company told them to check their passwords for the WiFi.
“Dave Chronister, who is the managing partner of Parameter Security, did not consult the Gilbert family, but works for an ethical hacking company that is familiar with these types of hacks. Chronister believes that the Gilberts were using a webcam, equipped with speakers, that was compromised. …”
“Chronister says that cracking into these webcams is similar to breaking into a website. If a password is not set, or is weak, the website that is used to manage the device can be compromised.
“Parents can protect their homes by setting a strong password. Chronister recommends using Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2) to set up a password because it uses better encryption standards and is very difficult to crack, especially combined with a good password.
“Chronister says that these hacks are often times just kids pulling a prank, and warns of a phenomenon called “wardriving” — where people drive around looking for homes with weak wireless security.”
First off that’s just so super creepy. Second off who has time to drive around and hack into baby monitors.
I saw a different report on CNN about home automation and how hackers could control your doors, security system, everything if you didn’t have a strong enough password.
I guess the answer is just parents have to get really serious about their WiFi passwords and their baby monitor passwords so weirdos can’t break into them.
What do you think? Would you still use a wireless camera baby monitor or is that way too creepy? Are you using any home automation software? What’s your security level on those passwords?