Many parents want to be able to keep an eye on their very little ones when they sleep. However, you should think twice if you buy a baby monitor that is connected to the Internet.
For example, strangers may start talking to your child.
American mother of young children Kurin Adele recently experienced that. In a video who at the time of writing has 5.7 million views on TikTok, she tells about the shocking discovery she and her husband recently made.
No, you can’t trust all the baby calls
The son pulled the plug
A couple of months before, the son had started pulling out the power cord on the camera, so that it could not be used.
However, when Adele recently asked her husband to plug it back in one night before her son went to bed, the little boy burst into tears – and then came the shocking reason:
– I don’t want the camera plugged in! I don’t want the camera plugged in! Someone talks to me at night and it scares me. Someone wakes me up and talks to me, I’m scared and I don’t want it to be plugged in, screamed the son.
Their immediate reaction was to change the password for the baby monitor, which is of the Owlet Cam type. This brand is also sold in Norway, and is a Wi-Fi-based baby call that you use via an app on your mobile phone.
Possible password leak
But then the parents got another surprise. When they are about to change their password, they get a warning that their password has appeared in a data leak.
– Who the hell knows how long someone has had our password and bothered our son, says Kurin Adele in the video, and says that they have not been told about this by the producer.
Kurin Adele has a clear appeal to her followers:
– If you have the opportunity, get rid of your Wi-Fi camera. There have been data breaches, data leaks. People are hacking into baby monitors everywhere just to annoy people, and it’s scary, she says in conclusion.
Investigating the matter
A spokesperson for Owlet tells DinSide that they are investigating what has happened in this case, but would like to point out that the warning shown in the video about password leakage is a general iOS warning, and not from Owlet itself.
– Owlet does not store user passwords. We are in communication with the customer to carry out a more thorough investigation of the reported incident, says the spokesperson to DinSide.
According to Owlet, there is no indication that their camera or data has been hacked or that their security has been compromised.
– It is worth noting that any customer’s online profile can be vulnerable if a user has not set up a secure password or if they use the same password on multiple accounts.
The webcam can monitor you
Changed the camera
In the comments section of the TikTok video, several people are shaken by the story.
– This is why I don’t want any Wi-Fi cameras in my house, writes one user.
– I refuse to have cameras in my children’s room. Everything can be hacked, writes another.
– With all due respect, I can’t believe that someone doesn’t see the problem with Wi-Fi cameras immediately, you need to take a course in internet security, writes a third.
Kurin Adele has now purchased a new baby call that is not connected to the internet.
200,000 cheated on the password
Has happened before
Kurin Adele and her husband are certainly not the first to experience someone hacking into their baby monitor.
In 2018, another American couple, Ellen and Nathan Rigney, experienced a stranger yelling vulgar things into the Nest camera in their four-month-old son’s room. according to Washington Post the voice began to threaten them that he was going to kidnap the child.
In 2015, another pair of parents allegedly found photos of their child on a website for photos taken from hacked cameras, according to CBS News.