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Baby Monitor Gets Hacked, Parents (Naturally) Freak Out

An Ohio couple got a huge scare earlier this month, when they heard a man's voice coming from their 10-month-old daughter Emma's room, shouting, "Wake up, baby. Wake up, baby."

At first, mom Heather Schreck was confused, according to Fox19.com. Then dad Adam ran into Emma's room, where he saw the baby monitor camera move to focus on him instead of Emma's crib.

"Then it screamed at me," Adam told Fox19. "Some bad things, some obscenities. So I unplugged the camera."

That's when they realized that their Foscam IP monitor camera, which was wirelessly connected to Heather's cell phone, had been hacked.

This apparently is one way hackers can access unsuspecting Internet users' personal info.

"Any kind of Internet-connected device essentially could be subjected to this," Dave Hatter, a tech solutions expert for Infinity Partners, told the news site.

Hatter suggests changing Wi-Fi and camera passwords and to check the manufacturer's Website for updates. The Foscam camera, in fact, had updated its software to address this very problem, but the Schrecks didn't know about it.

"I was just absolutely shocked to see somebody could get into my house so easily," Heather told the site.

Photo via Fox19

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