Hacker targets Houston family's baby monitorPosted: Updated:
HOUSTON, Texas -- For two years, Marc Gilbert and his wife have come to rely on their Internet cameras.
"We just use it to listen," said Gilbert. "We almost couldn't live without it."
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," explained Gilbert.
Gilbert said he first heard a voice from down the hall. As he and his wife got closer, what they heard from that voice got worse.
"He said, 'wake up, Allyson, you little (expletive).'"
Soon he knew it was coming from the camera.
"I see the camera move on us."
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.
Gilbert now wants to warn other parents about the danger.
"as a father, I'm supposed to protect her against people like this. So, it's a little embarrassing to say the least, but it's not going to happen again," said Gilbert.
Allyson never heard a thing.
"Allyson was born deaf, so she has cochlear implants. Thankfully, we had them off, and she didn't hear any of it and she slept right through it," said Gilbert.
Computer experts suggests following all security recommendations for these types of cameras, as well as securing your home networks as much as possible.