Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent
April 28, 2014
Adam and Heather Schreck found out the hard way that their WiFi video baby monitor can be hacked into after hearing “Wake up baby!” coming from the device.
Heather said: “I heard a voice again start screaming at my daughter, ‘Wake up baby! Wake up baby!’ I was just absolutely shocked to see somebody could get into my house so easily.”
The Foscam video baby monitor moved its camera independently as the male voice continued to scream obscenities.
This incident was explained as a common way hackers can invade average people’s homes – through this easily controlled WiFi device.
Dave Hatter, solutions expert for Infinity Partners (IP) said: “It’s not just that they want to get in and mess with your camera. Sophisticated hackers know they can use this as a launching-off point to get into your network and potentially steal your ID or launch malicious attacks.”
Last year, Marc Gilbert, father of two, was disturbed to hear the sound of a European man calling his two year old daughter by name over a video baby monitor installed in the child’s bedroom.
Gilbert recalled: “[I] couldn’t see the guy. All you could do was hear his voice and [that] he was controlling the camera. It’s somewhat of a blessing.”
The father said was relieved that his daughter is deaf and could not hear the profanity.
The camera moved as the couple moved in the room.
The video baby monitor was password protected and hooked up to a wireless network which was firewall secured.
Gilbert commented: “It’s quite possible that this had been going on more than one day. Security vulnerabilities exist.”
The Foscam FI9821P baby monitor owned by the Gilberts has a default admin and password that makes the device susceptible to hacks if not changed by the owner before using the device.
The baby monitor was equipped with Wi-Fi and night vision.
Called script-kiddies , hackers will secretly install malware to spy on occupants from remote locations through webcams and other monitoring devices.