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Your baby monitor can be hacked. Here's how to avoid it

A couple in Cincinnati recently had their baby monitor hacked. But experts are weighing-in on what you can do to avoid that problem.
Herb Scribner, Deseret News Modified: April 29, 2014 at 1:22 pm •  Published: April 29, 2014
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First it was Target. Then it was your online passwords.

Now, chillingly, it’s baby monitors.

Time magazine reported Tuesday that Heather and Adam Schreck’s baby monitor was hacked, with a voice on the other end shouting at the Schreck’s 10-month-old daughter.

“According to Heather Schreck, the stranger was yelling at her 10-month-old daughter Emma, ‘Wake up baby. Wake up baby.’ Then just screaming at her trying to wake her up,” Olivia B. Waxman wrote for Time.

Once Adam Schreck entered the room, the baby-monitoring camera turned towards Schreck and the voice shouted at him, too.

This isn’t the first case of someone hacking a baby monitor, as a similar circumstance happened in Houston in summer 2013, Forbes reported. In fact, the Houston case relates back to this recent turn of events, as both hacked monitors were manufactured by Foscam, Time reported.

Hackers can tune into baby monitors at anytime, said Michael Peros, who is “a cyber spy expert,” according to First Coast News.

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