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Spyware, viruses, & security forum: NEWS - August 16, 2013

by: Carol~ August 16, 2013 8:27 AM PDT

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NEWS - August 16, 2013

by Carol~ Moderator - 8/16/13 8:27 AM

Baby Monitor Hack Shows Weakness of Networked Cameras

In an unbelievably creepy story out of Texas, a hacker took control of a video-enabled baby monitor to spy on and shout insults at a two-year old girl and her parents. The harrowing experience has shaken up the victimized family, and underlines just how unsafe some of these networked products really are.

Reportedly, Marc Gilbert heard a strange voice coming from his young daughter's room. Upon entering he was surprised to discover it was coming from the video camera baby monitor he and his wife used to keep an eye on their deaf child. Thankfully, her deafness meant that she missed the litany of obscenities the hacker spouted at her, Gilbert, and Gilbert's wife Lauren.

The Gilberts were using a Foscam camera setup, and had even changed the default passwords. What they didn't know was that their device had a known vulnerability, revealed back in April.

Foscam had already released a firmware patch for the camera, but that required consumers to download it themselves. Once a product is on shelves, it can be difficult if not impossible to inform consumers that they might be at risk.

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Baby monitor hack shows danger of default passwords
Hacked Baby Monitor Caught Spying On 2-Year-Old Girl In Texas (UPDATE)
Possessed baby monitor shouts obscenities at Texas tot

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