This week I wanted to explore unusual hacking stories. One I came across was a hacker gaining access into a 2yr old’s baby monitor in suburban Houston. The parents heard a strange voice in their children’s bedroom and found that it was coming from a camera they use to monitor the children. The hacker was calling her by name and shouting profanity and insults. When the parents entered the room, the camera swiveled to face them and began speaking directly to them–so terrifying. Security experts comment that some baby monitors are built with security in mind, but also try to be convenient for the parents to use; so this leads to some less high-tech security.
This story was an eye opener for me. I would never suspect someone watching me through my computer web cam or any other device. But when you think about it, it’s not like that hacker was looking for Allyson specifically–he just came across her because the security allowed him to. So, even if you don’t think anyone’s out to get you, by being unaware of your security, you can quickly become an easy target.