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Texas Couple Left Terrified After Their Baby Monitor Was Hacked In The Middle Of The Night

Date December 24, 2018 17:25

Having a child is one of the best things that could happen to a person. However, apart from charming smiles and innocence, worriness and helplessness are part of the package.

For the first few years of their life, babies depend entirely on their parents. For this reason, practical ways have been developed to monitor them, and one of such is the use of baby monitors.

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Baby monitors operate like a radio, using fixed frequencies to ensure communication between parents and their toddlers.

Its ease-to-use function is complemented by a relatively low price and large availability, making it a favorite among parents.

However, it has a few downsides, especially when the security settings are not optimally set up. 

Texas couple hacked while in their home

it was Monday, around midnight, and Nathan Rigney and his wife, Ellen, were asleep when it all happened.

Their four-month-old toddler, Topper, was in his room. Then, Ellen received a notification on her monitor which woke her up.

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At first, she thought it was something with the carbon dioxide level in his room, but when she opened it, she was frightened by what she heard.

A voice was coming from their baby's room, screaming curse words.

The couple, scared, jumped off the bed and switched on the lights in their room.

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Surprisingly, a Nest camera, which they had installed in the room, also came on and they heard the same voice telling them to switch off the lights.

The voice made threats, thelling the couple that their son would be kidnapped. The husband, Nathan, bolted to Topper's room immediately and was shocked to find out that no one was inside.

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It was then that Ellen remembered a book in which she read about Wi-Fi hacking, and figured out that the problem was. Recounting the event, she said:

"I kept telling Nathan, 'He's not in here, somebody's hacking this!’”

The couple disconnected the internet connection and made a call to the police. Fortunately, they were right.

The hacker had preyed on their wireless connections, tormenting them and their baby. This is why it is essential to ensure sufficient security measures have been put in place when installing baby monitors.

How to secure a baby monitor

First and most important, you should check out the security features when getting baby monitors.

They operate on radio systems, or using the internet sometimes, but have additional features like SSL (Secure Sockets Layer).

Secondly, input in as many security features as possible when installing the devices. There is no such thing as too safe when it comes to ensuring your kid's safety.

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Also, when using outside and/or third-party apps in operating your baby monitors, ensure they are from trusted parties, and keep them updated.

Lastly, keep the monitors off when not in use. This keeps them off-air and less vulnerable to attacks.

Without a doubt, these devices are handy and have gone a long way in helping many parents to keep an eye on their toddlers. Nevertheless, proper attention is required to ensure they don't end up being liabilities. The information above might help you achieve that.

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