Baby monitors become new trend for hackers to see into private h - WCBD-TV: News, Weather, and Sports for Charleston, SC

Baby monitors become new trend for hackers to see into private homes

Posted: Updated:
If your baby monitor, Apple TV, cell phone or computers have cameras on them; intruders may be watching your every move.

One Ohio family had that scare when they heard a man's voice in their baby's bedroom and realized someone was watching them through the baby monitor.

Heather Schreck was asleep around midnight when a voice startled her awake. She checked the camera on her monitor to look in on her 10-month-old baby girl, she was startled to see the camera moving around baby Emma's room even though she wasn't moving it.

"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," Shreck told her local news station.

The Ohio affiliate reported by the time her husband ran into Emma's room the camera turned from his petrified daughter to point directly at him.

"Then it screamed at me," he said. "Some bad things, some obscenities. So I unplugged the camera."

The family said they felt violated to learn someone hacked into their camera and was watching their baby through the Forscam IP Camera.

Invading homes through technology isn't a new trend. Tech expert Larry Collett says there are five steps to take to protect your family.

1. Put a difficult password on your wireless router
2. Change the default settings of the router to something other than "admin" or "password"
3. Check for updates for the router and any connected devices
4. Periodically change your wifi password
5. Limit the number of connected devices that connect to your router
  • SC same-sex couples denied marriage licenses, despite court ruling

    SC same-sex couples denied marriage licenses, despite court ruling

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:45 PM EDT2014-07-31 03:45:17 GMT
    Today, five same-sex couples in Greenville went to try to get their marriage licenses. As soon as they applied, all five were denied.
    Today, five same-sex couples in Greenville went to try to get their marriage licenses. As soon as they applied, all five were denied.
  • House approves VA health care overhaul; SC congressman votes against

    House approves VA health care overhaul; SC congressman votes against

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:32 PM EDT2014-07-31 03:32:27 GMT
    The House has approved a compromise bill to refurbish the Veterans Affairs Department and improve veterans' health care.The 420-5 vote Wednesday sends the bill to the Senate, where approval is expected by the end of the week.South Carolinacongressman MarkSanford was one of the five who voted against the bill. Sanford released a statementto News 2Wednesday night about his vote:"I applaud what the bill did to deliver on the sacred but tainted promise the federal government has with veterans acr...
    The House has approved a compromise bill to refurbish the Veterans Affairs Department and improve veterans' health care.The 420-5 vote Wednesday sends the bill to the Senate, where approval is expected by the end of the week.South Carolinacongressman MarkSanford was one of the five who voted against the bill. Sanford released a statementto News 2Wednesday night about his vote:"I applaud what the bill did to deliver on the sacred but tainted promise the federal government has with veterans acr...
  • Advocates against domestic violence push for tougher federal gun law

    Advocates against domestic violence push for tougher federal gun law

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:00 PM EDT2014-07-31 03:00:17 GMT
    On Wednesday the U.S. Judiciary Committee listened to renewed legislation that aims at keeping guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and expanding the law to include dating-partners and people with restraining orders or stalkers. In South Carolina the number of women murdered by men more than doubles the national average. "When an abuser has a gun, victims will tell me, 'Sheriff its not if he will use that weapon against me it's a matter of when," said a Sheriff from Racine County, WI. Cu...
    On Wednesday the U.S. Judiciary Committee listened to renewed legislation that aims at keeping guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and expanding the law to include dating-partners and people with restraining orders or stalkers. In South Carolina the number of women murdered by men more than doubles the national average. "When an abuser has a gun, victims will tell me, 'Sheriff its not if he will use that weapon against me it's a matter of when," said a Sheriff from Racine County, WI. Cu...
Powered by WorldNow

210 W. Coleman Blvd.
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Telephone: 843.216.4875
Fax: 843.881.3410
Email: news@wcbd.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.