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Baby Monitor Hacked by a Stranger Who Screams 'Wake Up Baby'

Tuesday, 29 Apr 2014 07:10 AM

By Alexandra Ward

An Ohio family is still in shock after a stranger hacked their baby monitor and screamed at their 10-month-old daughter in the middle of the night last week.

Adam and Heather Schreck were sound asleep in their Cincinnati home with their baby daughter Emma in the next room when they were abruptly woken up.

"All of a sudden, I heard what sounded like a man's voice but I was asleep so I wasn't sure," Heather Schreck told Fox19.com, adding that she then checked her cell phone, which is linked to the baby monitor in Emma's room.

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

Adam Schreck went into the nursery to investigate and he saw the monitor swivel to point right at him.

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

Dave Hatter, a solutions expert for Infinity Partners, said the offender must have broken into into the home's WiFi system. He encourages everyone to change their passwords periodically to ward off hackers.

"Any kind of Internet-connected device essentially could be subjected to this," Hatter told Fox19.com. "It's not just that they want to get in and mess with your camera. More sophisticated hackers know they can use this as a launching off point to get into your network and potentially steal your ID or use your network to launch malicious attacks against someone else."

A similar story out of Texas made headlines over the summer when a family reported that a man had hacked their baby monitor and yelled "Wake up you little slut" at their 2-year-old daughter.

The monitors in both cases were reportedly manufactured by Foscam, which sells the devices for about $200.

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