Shocking, Earth-shattering news out of the Cincinnati area: if you hook something up to the Internet and don’t take steps to make sure it’s properly password-protected, people might try to hack into it.
OK, sarcasm button switched to “off” for a minute because this is sort of creepy. As Cincinnati’s FOX19 reported in one of their “Investigative Reports” segments, proud parent Heather Schreck was sleeping soundly beside her husband, Adam, when she woke to the sound of a man’s voice, coming from inside her baby’s bedroom.
Heather heard the man repeatedly saying “wake up, baby” and then yelling, as if he was trying to walk the child up. Frightened (and with good reason), Heather woke up Adam, who ran into their child’s room. Finding no one in the room (other than his baby), Adam was confused. That is, until he noticed that the baby monitor/camera was now turning to face him, apparently on its own. At that point, a man’s voice started yelling at Adam through the camera. It was then Adam realized that someone had hacked into their baby monitor/camera.
Like I said, that’s pretty creepy stuff and it would have freaked me out. But here’s the thing: the Schrecks are using a wireless system that can be accessed remotely from the Internet via everything from cell phones to other computers. So why weren’t they taking steps to prevent such things like, I dunno, maybe password-protecting it? Seems like common sense to me: if you can access something on the Internet, they other people can, too, so it needs a password. Hardly something that merits an “investigative report”.