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Baby Monitor Hacked in Toddler’s Room

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Baby monitors are used by parents to do exactly as their name suggests, monitor the baby. We don’t imagine that we are possibly inviting strangers into the safety and security of our homes. Imagine putting your toddler to bed, and using a baby monitor to ensure her safety, only to hear profanities being screamed at her through her monitor while she was sleeping. This is exactly the situation that Marc and Lauren Gilbert experienced when they heard a strange voice coming from 2 year old Allyson’s room.

Marc and Lauren Gilbert were at home going about their normal routine when Marc heard a strange voice. They went to investigate only to find out that the baby monitor had been hacked. The strange voice was screaming ‘Wake up Allyson, you little (expletive).’ After further investigation, Marc noticed the camera following both Lauren and himself as they moved about the room. The hacker then started hurling the profanities at Marc and Lauren, also calling them by name. Marc quickly unplugged the monitor, but the Gilbert’s have no idea how long the hacker has been watching them and their two toddler children. The Gilbert’s learned a startling lesson and want to share their story with other parents with small children.

Baby monitor hacking is just another terrifying reality in the wireless world. Hackers can obtain a large amount of information through a baby monitor. In this case, the hacker learned Allyson’s name by seeing it on her wall.

The packaging on baby monitors can be misleading, and if a baby monitor is going to be used, it should be a digital versus the older analog versions. Monitors that use a Wi-Fi connection are recommended. Even with this, secure measures on your network are imperative. An ABC expert suggest setting Wi-Fi to WPA2, which is the most secure connection. Another important step is to make your password difficult and long.

The only saving grace of this story is that Allyson was not traumatized by the hacker’s actions. She was born deaf and she has cochlear implants, which she was not wearing at the time. “Thankfully we had them off, and she didn’t hear any of it and she slept right through it,” explain Marc Gilbert.

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  • http://babymonitorhackedinbabysroom jessica

    This is the reason why i do not use baby monitors at all in my house due to the simple fact that even with the old model monitors you can still pick up the signal at any time and people can hear everything that is going on in your house. it could lead to identity theft if people find out anything your talking about on your name, or credit fraud etc.

  • jamie

    “Marc noticed the camera following he and Lauren”

    Er, Marc noticed the camera following he? Tanya, please correct your grammar.

    • Missy

      ” Marc noticed the camera following both Lauren and himself ” is what she wrote, what you saw and wrote yourself was ““Marc noticed the camera following he and Lauren” get some glasses.

      • jamie

        Missy: Actually, “following he and Lauren” is indeed what Tanya Rice wrote originally. She has now corrected it.

  • Jenny

    Does any wonder how the camera got into the baby’s room?

    • Stephanie

      Jenny, it was a baby monitoring system. There was supposed to be a camera in the baby’s room…so the parents could monitor her…

    • God

      Wow Jenny……..I really want to leave a sarcastic response but your question lowered my IQ into the negatives.

      • Mrs. Darcy

        That is totally uncalled for. Not everyone is familiar with the accoutrements of baby-care. I’d like to think that your mother would disapprove of your internet trolling.

  • Duane

    The older the monitor, the WORSE the problem is. Older monitors were analog designs that were dumped into the same batch of radio frequencies that were used by both low-power 2-way radios AND cordless phones. What’s worse, this band of frequencies was available in about every scanning receiver made. So it didn’t take much for anyone to listen in. Mostly, that wasn’t deliberate – with so many other users crammed into the same frequencies many of them hated the interference that was caused by the baby monitors being on for hours at a time, blasting out a carrier with no audio and blanking out a usable channel. I think a point being made is that newer monitors (much like newer cordless phones AND cell phones) is that they convert audio into a digital signal for transmission purposes and then reverse the process on the receiving end. That makes it considerably harder for anyone to just eavesdrop deliberately. NOT *impossible*, unfortunately. It is STILL a radio signal put out into the open airwaves where security is still a bit of a crapshoot. If you want a really secure baby monitor, see if you can find one that connects BY HARDWIRE, not by radio.

  • Jim

    if i were the dad i would’ve found a way to talk and back and said,”i will find you… and i will kill you.”

    • Dale Milton

      With a very specific set of skills….

  • Robert

    This is worrying, BUT, I actually saw the interview with the dad..He stated that “he saw the camera move, heard voices”, etc.. Could it have been a spirit in the house, moving the camera, voices, etc..

    Before I would go pointing a finger at someone (especially since monitors are usually local) I would have the house cleansed and see if this works.. No need for throwing blame on anyone, until it is cleansed.. Especially if you go by the fathers description…

    • linda soter

      To many stupid people out there. This country is promoting crime and Illegals. The clue is wireless!!! Go to the store and people have your cc # ss # etc, grow up people and learn. Maybe you should wake up and judge the spirits last and grow up. It’s stupid people like you that they will snatch your kids and rob you blind. I am not one of them, but grow up!!!! Listen and learn if you care, and if your illegal, I don’t care!!!

    • linda soter

      To many stupid people out there. This country is promoting crime and Illegals. The clue is wireless!!! Go to the store and people have your cc # ss # etc, grow up people and learn. Maybe you should wake up and judge the spirits last and grow up. It’s stupid people like you that they will snatch your kids and rob you blind. I am not one of them, but grow up!!!! Listen and learn if you care, and if your illegal, I don’t care!!!

    • MadamT

      LMAO!!

    • Michael

      You need your head examined.

    • Loretta

      You are out of your mind. This is just another way for our homes to be robbed, and worse yet our babies to be stolen out of their beds!! No cleansing needed except to cleanse all those baby monitors out of our homes!

    • karen

      Robert, really????????????

    • David

      R u Fing stupid, only true morons believe in ghosts and spirits

    • rebecca

      i dk because when my 3 year old was one or a little before she was sleeping in her room and I heard a parent through my monitor discipling her kids and hear what was going on at her house AND I assume the wires were crossing and I even think I heard another baby through the monitor and I think it was probably someone who lived in the area or in town at least. I dont think signals can cross from any further then that unless its a cv in a truck or something.

    • clyde

      robert, you’re funny

  • KIM RANDOLPH

    THE OLDER ONES ARE BAD ABOUT THIS TOO. WHEN MY KIDS WERE LITTLE YOU COULD HEAR NEIGHBORS PHONE CONVERSATIONS AND THEY COULD HEAR WHAT WAS GOING ON IN MY KIDS’ ROOMS THROUGH THEIR PHONES. IT WAS SCARY. WITH THE CAMERA ONES ITS SCARY TO THINK THEY CAN HACK INTO IT AND MOVE IT ABOUT TO SEE AND HEAR EVERYTHING IN YOUR LITTLE ONES ROOM. AND IT BOTHERS ME THAT THERE ARE DUMBASSES OUT HERE THAT HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO WITH THEIR TIME THAN TO WATCH SOMEONES CHILD THROUGH A CAMERA.

  • The Blur

    They need to find this guy and rough him up a bit to get the message across maybe scare him a little too and if that doesn’t work they need to go Bryan Mills style from taken find him and kill him with a very specific set of skills. Also they need to burn down the Westboro baptist church for all their wrongdoings.

  • Nightwing

    Let’s go get this Son of a bitch and execute him!

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