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Message Board > Miscellaneous > In Home Baby Cam Security Breach ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Date: 8/12/13 11:32 PM

This story aired on News 13, Houston tonight. In a day or two you should be able to find the story on their website.

Area parents have a baby-cam in their child's bedroom. They heard a man's voice and ran to her room. A man was talking to their daughter through the baby monitor. He was using her name which was lettered on the wall over her bed.

They immediately unplugged the monitor. The father did some research and found that the home wifi and computer system had been breached allowing outside access. He updated their security system(s).

They are confidant that their daughter did not hear the man.

This is just an FYI, and just the bare bones of the story.
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Date: 8/13/13 0:48 AM

Oh my goodness.
Back when we had baby monitors we started to pick up the neighbor's phone conversations.

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Date: 8/13/13 8:30 AM

Whether you have a baby cam or not, if you have a wifi system in your home, you need to have it passworded so that the rest of the world cannot access your wifi!

I am constantly surprised and amazed at how many unsecured systems, both residential and businesses, my cell phone picks up as it is searching for wifi.

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Date: 8/13/13 2:06 PM

I'm technologically challenged (to put it mildly) but our computer guy made sure our Wi-Fi was a WPA type (whatever that means...) versus WP type. When it has WPA, it cannot be breached.

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Date: 8/13/13 2:08 PM

Can you post or PM me a link to the story? Our son and DIL plan to put some sort of baby monitor or cam in the nursery. If it has a camera.... they need to know about this.

ETA --- Never mind.... I found it on Google.
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Date: 8/13/13 3:26 PM

Hacker Targets Houston Family......

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Date: 8/13/13 3:45 PM

Today baby monitors tomorrow you tv's. There was a very good story on CNN about how the new smart tv's have webcams in them and are factory set to be on. If these camera are not turned off hackers could see you and what you are doing, therefore the government can too (think 1984). This is rather scary to me. I told my husband we are not getting a smart TV. This is the case with any web based cameras on your laptop or phone. I think technology is beginning to run amok.

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Date: 8/13/13 5:37 PM

If you have a bunch of wireless stuff in your house and computers all hooked in and such and you do not set up your computer net work right, then anyone with a even a lap top within range or hanging out on the back wall of your house even, probably can tap into your computer network.

That probably can go for sometimes people sitting in a parked car in front of a house on a street, kids walking by with laptops and even maybe the neighbors sitting in their own home, if in an apartment house or house is close enough to you, and just sort of depending on walls and if concrete or not sometimes.

Has to do with your naming of your computers and such and telling your network to only allow and let tap in, the computers that have been named and allowed in. Also would not hurt to have some passwords in there. If you had a baby camera, or some kind of security camera in there that sent pictures to some email or website for you, or showed layout of your house or anything like that, then doubly important for you to just secure your house network!

I do have a relative whose child (I think when in just even Jr. High School maybe) and friends, when walking home from School with lap tops, and suddenly even wanting to go on the internet with it, they all thought it was super funny and just fine even, to would be actually sidle up to and get close to houses on thier walks home from School, so he/they could tap in and get a internet connection. This was a long time ago though. He and his friends thought that was neat and funny. I told him, instead that even though he/they might know the neighbors well , and they all liked each other, doing stuff like that could actually one day get him shot, as mistaken for a burglar or thief or just give some poor neighbor a heart attack if looking out their window, so just cut it out!!!!

But possibly that is how that stuff just happens.
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Date: 8/14/13 4:27 AM

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. . . they all thought it was super funny and just fine even, to would be actually sidle up to and get close to houses on thier walks home from School, so he/they could tap in and get a internet connection.


Whenever we connect a new device, or I connect my Kindle to WiFi to download an eBook, it picks up another WiFi signal in addition to ours. We figure it belongs to one of our neighbors, so yes, this stuff can happen even from the street by strangers.
Our WiFi is password protected, but I still believe the hackers are smarter than we are.
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Date: 8/14/13 5:13 AM

A few years ago, wireless access points were not automatically password protected as a factory setting. You had to set up the security when you set up the access point and lot of people didnt. In addition, the old WEP security protocol was easy to crack by those in the know.

These days access points are routinely security protected and the new WPA protocols are much less vulnerable. But you still have to set up a password of your own, i.e. change the default password, otherwise anyone can log in with that.

WPA that is well set up s quite safe. You can also stop your access point from broadcasting its ID, so people cannot see that the AP is there and you have to know the ID to be able to find it.

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