A Houston couple's nightmare with a hacked baby monitor that let an intruder not only see into their sleeping 2-year-old daughter's room, but curse at her, is not the first such incident involving wireless baby monitors. It may, however, be among the most disturbing.
"I'm afraid the truth of the matter is some baby monitoring devices have not been built with security in mind, and instead have focused on convenience for the parents," Graham Cluley, a security consultant, told NBC News Wednesday.
"For that reason, some devices do not require a password for remote access—something that hackers can exploit—or have security vulnerabilities that can be taken advantage of by mischievous hackers."
It's not clear whether the intruder who found Marc and Lauren Gilbert's baby monitor was being mischievous or malicious, but it was clearly unnerving.
Marc Gilbert told ABC station KTRK that last Saturday the couple was at home, where they have the monitor installed in daughter Allyson's room. The camera is trained on Allyson's bed, and over her bed, on the wall, her name is spelled out. The couple heard a voice coming through the monitor, exhorting the child, by name, to wake up and was using foul language.
"He said, 'Wake up, Allyson, you little (expletive),'" Gilbert told the station. The voice over the monitor also called Gilbert a "stupid moron" and his wife, "a b****," reported the station.