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Hacker shouts at baby through baby monitor

Ohio family woken up by strange man's voice screaming at the baby

Hacker shouts at baby through baby monitor
Relatively few users register their cameras, which means that manufacturers do not know where to send security warnings.

A hacker was able to get into 10-month old Emma Schreck's baby monitor earlier this week in Ohio, US.

The baby's parents, Heather and Adam Schreck, were woken up around midnight by a man's voice screaming "wake up baby!" Fox19 reported.

Ms Schreck picked up her mobile phone to check the wireless video monitor set up in her daughter Emma's bedroom and was startled to find the Foscam camera panning around the room without the baby touching it.

She told FOX19: "About the time I saw it moving, I also heard a voice again start screaming at my daughter. He was screaming, ‘Wake up baby. Wake up baby.' Then just screaming at her trying to wake her up."

Mr Schreck dashed into his daughter's bedroom, at which point the camera swivelled around to face him.

"Then it screamed at me," he said.

"Some bad things, some obscenities. So I unplugged the camera."

It is thought that devices such as these are an easy for hackers to get into as a similar incident happened last year to a family in Houston, also with a Foscam camera.

According to CNet, Foscam had been aware that there might be a security issue with the camera, but the Schrecks hadn't made the update. The problem with updates is that relatively few people register their cameras, which means that Foscam doesn't know where to send the warning.

Tech experts advise that people can protect themselves by using different passwords for Wi-Fi networks and cameras and regularly checking manufacturers' websites for software updates.

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