A 2-year-old girl's baby monitor was hacked at her Houston home on Saturday by a man who cursed to the child and made sexually explicit remarks as she slept in her room.
The girl's father was doing dishes when he heard a strange noise coming from her room, CBS News reported.
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He went into her room to investigate and heard the hacker's voice calling his daughter by name. Peering through a camera in the monitor, the hacker was able to see wall decorations with the girl's name.
The girl's parents, Marc and Lauren Gilbert, told ABC News that they heard the man
, who they say spoke with a foreign accent, call their daughter an "effing moron" and say "wake up you little slut."
Before the father was able to disconnect the monitor, the hacker attempted to engage the parents, calling Gilbert a stupid moron and his wife a b—.
"At that point I ran over and disconnected it and tried to figure out what happened," Marc Gilbert told ABC News. "[I] Couldn’t see the guy. All you could do was hear his voice and [that] he was controlling the camera."
The toddler did not wake up during the incident. If she had been awake, however, she would not have heard the obscene comments because she is deaf, Marc Gilbert said.
"It’s somewhat of a blessing," Marc Gilbert said of his daughter's hearing impairment. "If she had heard it it would have been a big problem."
The Gilberts' 3-year-old son was also asleep when the incident occurred.
Marc Gilbert couldn't say how long the hacker had access to his daughter's monitor before he became aware of it.
"It’s quite possible that this had been going on more than one day," he told ABC.
Marc Gilbert informed his Internet provider of the breech, which reportedly told him to check and change his passwords for the device.
According to cybersecurity expert Dave Chronister, who is the managing partner of Parameter Security, the best way parents can protect their homes from hackers is by setting up a strong password and using Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2), which he told CBS News has a strong encryption standard that is difficult to breech.
The Gilberts did not report the incident to police and have since discarded the device, CBS News reported.
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