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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Some Minnesota parents thought everything was just fine in their home as their baby slept soundly in their nursery. But then they started heard strange music coming from the room…

According to IJ Review, the mother — who has not been named — told reporters, “We were sleeping in bed, and basically heard some music coming from the nursery, but then when we went into the room the music turned off.”

It turns out, a criminal had hacked their nanny cam, and that’s where the music was coming from. The hacker was able to see into the room and knew when the parents weren’t present.

Police were able to track the IP address of the hacker through Foscam software. They found out the man was located in Amsterdam. A little more digging revealed that the hacker wasn’t just looking into this one bedroom — he was looking into thousands, and uploading all of countless pictures from nurseries around the world online.

You can imagine how horrified the parents were.

The situation is a frank reminder that while technology can be helpful, it can also be dangerous.

IJ Review lists a few practical steps that parents can take to prevent similar situations from happening in their own homes:

  • Change the default password to something as difficult to hack as possible. Use upper and lower case letters, numbers, symbols, and make sure it’s not a typical word that can be guessed.
  • Place black electrical tape or other kind of tape over the camera itself when it’s not being used.
  • Change or mask your IP address settings or ask a technical professional to assist you.
  • Personally decide that it’s not worth it to use the Nanny Cam.

 

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