Nanny cams can turn your baby and the privacy of your house into the victims of hackers. Several cases of nanny cams hacking have shown that these devices are an easy target and strangers can watch you without you even knowing.
A mother claims that her nanny cam has been broken into by hackers from another country who have started to control her baby device.
The woman, whose name hasn’t been made public, and her family, declared that the first time they realised something was weird with their many camera was the moment when they started hearing music coming from the room of their baby.
They told, that the time it happened, they were sleeping in their bed and all of the sudden music was playing in the room of their baby and when they stepped foot inside the room, the music had stopped.The family found the happening extremely weird and started to make investigations to find out what’s going on.
They contacted the manufacturer of the camera, Foscam and asked for the IP address of the device. They were surprised to discover the fact that their nanny camera had been hacked and the persons who did it were living in Holland, Amsterdam. They managed to break into their device and found a way to control their camera.
Their surprise was even bigger when they saw that the photos of the baby’s room were found on a site, which had many other baby room pictures from different houses.
On the website, there were shown private photos of people from 15 countries and they were not only from the baby’s room but from their bedrooms, living rooms and kitchens, explained the victim. This act is a extreme invasion of people’s privacy, as the one and only place in this world where you think you are safe has been made available for the entire planet to see.
This is not the first time the nanny cam from Foscam has been hacked.There was another public case from Houston, where the hackers would turn on the camera and address sexual stuff to a two year old baby girl. When that happened, the company stated that to blame was soft problem and after they improved the software of their nanny cameras, making it stronger.
But according to PC specialists, that is not enough to make the device safe from hackers attacks and the solution they gave people who are using such devices, was to change their passwords as often as possible.
Another case of nanny camera hacking happened in February when a nanny heard a strangers voice coming from the camera saying that the baby is beautiful.
At the beginning the woman thought that someone from the house was pulling a prank on her. But to her surprise the voice went on and kept saying weird things to her. Terrified the woman unplugged the camera and immediately called the parents of the baby.
Foscam cameras are presented as very easy to use, by placing them on the wanted place inside your house from where it ca easily access the wifi connection. The camera will record and video anything that is going on inside the room and will transmit it via talkback.
Foscam has its own rules of protecting the device from hacker attacks
You have to check and assure that your device has the latest software installed that was created for that exact camera model. This software provides protection against hackers and device violations.
Always change the user name and password and personalise it, never let the user name and password that comes with the device.
The user name and password you choose should be at least 10 characters or even longer.Try to make a password that combines letters, numbers and symbols.
The default port should be switched to 8100 or even at a higher range. This will make it harder for hackers to locate your camera. A non standard port should keep you safe from hackers.
The camera comes with a setting that allows you to see what IP addresses have accessed your device. If you check this setting often, you will notice if the device has been attacked or not.