Safety Alert: Baby Monitor Hijacking

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Parents who use video baby monitors, pay attention!

FOX19 has recently investigated a situation where someone hacked into a family’s internet and was able to hijack their baby monitors video stream.

A couple from Ohio were woken up by a stranger’s voice in their home yelling at their baby to wake up. To their horror, it came from their baby monitor.

Obviously shaken, they unplugged the device. Smart move!

How did they know their baby’s video monitor had been hacked?

  • The camera was moving when it shouldn’t have been
  • Someone was talking to their child through the monitor

They offer two important tips on how to prevent this from happening:

1. Prevention is key! Change the password on your Wi-Fi as well as the camera itself, and make them different.

2. Check the manufacturer’s website regularly for updates you can download since the available updates may not show up directly on the device, as they do on your computer or cell phone.

How to create strong passwords.

Additional Tip: We also recommend registering a product when you purchase it. This is important to do so you can be sure you’re being informed of any safety or recall updates on your products.

If you follow these steps you’re very likely to be incredibly safe. The chances of your baby’s monitor being hacked are very slim but it’s always better to be safe.

To read the full story on wbtv.com click here.

Comments (4)

  • I saw this on the local news as I am in Cleveland. Actually was quite scary when you hear exactly what happened. Reminds me of a horror movie. Honestly, this makes me never want to have a wireless baby monitor.
    But really who hacks into a baby monitor. What joy does someone get? The strange things people do.

    Elica Palacek
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  • Oh my gosh! This is so scary! Why would anyone do something like that? I’d feel so violated. Who does things like that??? 🙁

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  • Incredibly creepy – a great reminder of the importance of having a good wifi password and remembering to change it once in a while!

    Janine Streiter
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  • Wow, that is very disturbing! What is wrong with people! Very good reminder to change passwords…urghh makes me sick to my stomach thinking about what creeps there are in this world. 🙁

    Marisa
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