A family in Rochester got a shock this week when they found the nanny–cam they were using to monitor their baby had been hacked.
They made the discovery, according to WCCO, when they heard the monitor start to play music, which would stop whenever they entered the room.
Even more disturbing was that images of their baby taken from the monitor were later found on a website showing hacked cameras from around the world, the TV station says.
Speaking to KTTC, the mother – who did not wish to be identified – said they tracked down the IP address of person who was using their monitor and found it was coming from more than 3,500 miles away in Amsterdam.
"There’s at least fifteen different countries listed and it’s not just nurseries — it’s people’s living rooms, their bedrooms, their kitchens," she told KTTC. "Every place that people think is sacred and private in their home is being accessed."
The risk of hacking is there when parents choose to use baby monitors that are connected to the internet, rather than a closed-circuit system.
Police told ABC 6 that the best way to prevent hackers from accessing such cameras is to make sure default passwords are always changed and that the password you choose is a strong one, combining letters, numbers and symbols.
John Olson, of Miracle Computers, told WCCO: "If you can access it outside the home, it’s definitely possible for someone else to access that camera as well."