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Someone Hacks Into Camera Used As A Baby Monitor

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  Original Published: 8/14/2013 A horrifying situation for some Texas parents. The camera they were using to monitor their two-year-old and keep her safe was hacked. And what the hacker did was chilling. Jessica Wiley has the story. "We just use it to listen," says Marc Gilbert. For two years, Gilbert and his wife have come to rely on their Internet cameras. "We almost couldn't live without it," he says. With them, they could watch their two toddlers in their rooms. But over the weekend, someone else was watching, too. "It felt like somebody broke into our house," says Gilbert. Gilbert says he first heard a voice from down the hall, as he and his wife got closer, what it was saying got worse. "He said, wake up, Allyson, you little (expletive)." And soon he knew it was coming from the camera. "I see the camera move on us," says Gilbert. Gilbert immediately pulled the plug and started doing research. He believes someone hacked his router as well as the camera. The person could see Allyson's name on her wall to call her by it. He now wants to warn other parents about the danger. "As a father, I'm supposed to protect her against people like this," he says. "So, it's a little embarrassing to say the least, but it's not going to happen again." The only saving grace is Allyson never heard a thing. "Allyson was born deaf, so she has cochlear implants," says Gilbert. "Thankfully, we had them off and she didn't hear any of it and she slept right through it." A computer expert suggests following all security recommendations for these types of cameras, as well as securing your home network as much as possible, by using the latest encryption technology.
   
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