Parents: Hacker yells expletives at toddler via baby monitor
HOUSTON, Texas (WTVR) – A Texas couple is warning other parents after the camera they were using to monitor their two-year-old and keep her safe was hacked.
For two years, Marc Gilbert and his wife have come to rely on their internet cameras to keep an eye on their two toddlers when they are in their rooms, KTRK reports.
However, over the weekend, someone else was watching, too.
Gilbert said he first heard a strange voice with either a British or European accent coming from down the hall from the two-year-old’s room. As he and his wife got closer, what they heard left them shaken.
“He said, ‘Wake up, Allyson, you little slut,’” Gilbert said, who the watched the cam turn and focus on he and his wife.
Once the couple was in view of the camera, ABC News reports that the hacker called Gilbert a stupid moron and his wife a b****.
Gilbert immediately yanked the plug from the camera.
He now thinks someone hacked his router and the camera. The person was able to call the child by name since he could see Allyson’s name on her wall.
The only saving grace is that Allyson never heard a thing.
“Allyson was born deaf, so she has cochlear implants. Thankfully, we had them off, and she didn’t hear any of it and she slept right through it,” Gilbert said.
A computer expert suggests following all security recommendations for these types of cameras, as well as making sure home networks are secure.