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Baby Monitor Hacked, Parents Hear Strange Voice Taunting Toddler

The hacker gained access to a monitor similar to this one.

The hacker gained access to a monitor similar to this one.

Marc Gilbert was washing dishes when he heard noises in his 2-year-old daughter’s room. He and his wife, Lauren, went to investigate.

According to ABC News, the Gilberts witnessed something they never thought possible.

A voice coming through a baby monitor that was hooked up to the home’s wireless Internet system was taunting their daughter. It was calling her by name, telling her to wake up, cursing and saying sexually explicit things to the little girl.

Because the monitor contained a video camera the hacker was able to see the girl’s name on the bedroom wall.

Ironically, the Gilbert’s daughter was born deaf and depends on a cochlear implant to hear, so she was never disturbed, thank God! The freaked out parents pulled the monitor’s plug.

Dave Chronister works for a security company familiar with this kind of hacking and tells CBSNews.com that someone probably cracked into the home’s wireless network which gave them access to the monitor. He says if a password is not set or is weak you are compromising your security, especially these days when so many things, including baby monitors, are connected to your Internet.

Apparently there is a phenomenon called “wardiving” where people, often kids pulling pranks, drive around looking for homes with weak wireless security. Chronister advises using Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2) to set up a password because it uses better encryption standards and is very difficult to crack, especially combined with a good password.

Chronister says that these hacks are often times just kids pulling a prank, and warns of a phenomenon called “wardriving” — where people drive around looking for homes with weak wireless security.

As for the Gilberts, they didn’t call the police and plan on never using the baby monitor again.

Image source: wirelessbabymonitorsworld.com

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