It was a horrifying situation for some parents in Texas. The camera they were using to monitor their two-year-old and keep her safe was hacked. What the hacker did was chilling.
Marc Gilbert says, “We just use it to listen.”
For two years, Gilbert and his wife have come to rely on their Internet cameras.
“We almost couldn’t live without it,” Gilbert says.
With them they could watch their two toddlers in their rooms. But, over the weekend, someone else was watching, too.
“It felt like somebody broke into our house,” Gilbert says.
Gilbert says he first heard a voice from down the hall. As he and his wife got closer, what it was saying got worse. “He said, ‘Wake up, Allyson, you little (expletive).’”
And soon he knew it was coming from the camera.
“I see the camera move on us,” Gilbert explains.
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.
Gilbert says, “As a father, I’m supposed to protect her against people like this. So, it’s a little embarrassing to say the least, but it’s not going to happen again.”
The only saving grace is that little Allyson never heard a thing.
“Allyson was born deaf, so she has cochlear implants. 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.