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Thursday 21 August 2014

Warning to parents as man hacks into wireless baby cam to spy on child

Brian O'Reilly

Published 28/04/2014 | 12:21

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The couple don't know how long their baby was spied on

PARENTS have been warned to ensure their wireless baby monitor’s software is updated after a hacking incident.

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The warning comes as a couple in the US revealed their terror after discovering a man was spying on their sleeping child.

Heather and Adam Schreck, from Ohio in the US, realised after hearing the man screaming at their child that the monitor had been hacked.

They were using a Foscam monitor – a popular brand also sold in the Irish market.

The company had already issued an update for the vulnerability – however the couple weren’t aware and hadn’t updated the software.

On their website the company encourages users to sign up for an Email alert when a software update becomes available.

Mother Heather woke up in the middle of the night, thinking that she heard a voice.

She had the cam set up to stream to her phone, and when she checked it she noticed it was moving erratically.

The camera’s sensors means it moves in response to sound or movement.

Heather then heard the man’s voice shouting at her child to ‘wake up’.

Dad Adam then dashed into the child’s room, fearing that an intruder was in the house.   

The hacker then started to yell obscenities at Adam.

“He was screaming at me – so I unplugged the camera”, Adam told Fox News.

The couple then realised that the camera had been compromised.

“Someone had hacked in from outside,” Heather said.

“You do kind of feel violated in a way,” Adam added.

IT experts have warned users to install software updates when they become available – as they are designed to protect against such vulnerabilities.

The couple said they don’t know who the cyber intruder was – or for how long he was hacking into their system.

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