What would you do if you woke up in the middle of the night and you heard a man’s voice coming from your baby’s room? Would you call the police? What if you got up and ran into the room to check on your child and no one was in there?
But you swear you heard a voice. You check everywhere and nothing. You go back to your room and then you hear a voice screaming and talking to your child again. Is there someone inside the house? Yes, but not exactly.
Over the past few years, more and more baby monitors have been hacked right under the owner’s noses. People are hacking into the cameras and talking to the children as they sleep. This is the stuff nightmares are made of.
Her first thought was to check on the baby, of course. She picked up her cellphone to check the surveillance camera in her 10-month-old daughter Emma’s room. The baby was sound asleep, but the camera was moving around. Something was wrong.
Wireless IP cameras like the one that the Schrecks have are purchased for security and safety, but according to tech experts, they are an easy way for hackers to be able to see directly into your home.
"Any kind of internet-connected device essentially could be subjected to this," said Dave Hatter, a solutions expert for Infinity Partners.
The can hack in and watch you, and unfortunately they can do so much more.
"It's not just that they want to get in and mess with your camera. More sophisticated hackers know they can use this as a launching off point to get into your network and potentially steal your ID or use your network to launch malicious attacks against someone else," Hatter said.
The Schrecks are not alone. Over the past few years, more and more children and families have been affected by hacking. According to CBS2’s Weijia Jiang, one family reported that a stranger was talking to their three year old through a baby monitor and delivered a creepy message to their young son. “Wake up little boy, Daddy’s looking for you,” the voice said.
Do the research. Change your password for your wifi and the camera itself and make the two passwords different. Check the manufacturer's website regularly for updates to download to help protect it from being hacked.
13. The Schreck Family's Story
To learn more about the Schreck family and their story, watch the video above.