ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) — Many people across the country use “nanny cams” to monitor their children. Some are closed circuit, but others allow parents to access their cameras through the Internet. One Rochester family began to notice odd things happening with their “nanny cam”, but what they found out may shock you.
“We were sleeping in bed, and basically heard some music coming from the nursery, but then when we went into the room the music turned off,” said the Rochester mother who chose to remain anonymous.
Where were these tunes coming from? Would you have guessed another country?
“We were able to track down the IP address through the Foscam software, and found out that it was coming from Amsterdam,” said the concerned mother of one. “That IP had a web link attached to it.”
On that site the Rochester family found thousands and thousands of pictures of cameras just like their own.
“There’s at least fifteen different countries listed and it’s not just nurseries — it’s people’s living rooms, their bedrooms, their kitchens,” she explained. “Every place that people think is sacred and private in their home is being accessed.”
Not only can the hackers see in, but they can browse freely.
“We faced it toward the wall, and then a few hours later we accessed the Foscam, and it wasn’t facing the wall it was facing the closet,” she said.
Shocked, the family searched the website, eventually finding their baby’s crib.
“This isn’t just you know Rochester, Minnesota. You can literally just sort by whatever country suits your fancy, and whatever room suits your fancy. It’s pretty sick,” she said.
The family began removing all the cameras, choosing to monitor their child the old fashioned way.
We had the family plug in the camera for us to do this story. In the short time they had the camera up, and us in there, pictures from their crib that day were already on the Internet an hour later. The family is now convinced the website automatically knows when the cameras come back on.
The family urges all people with these cameras to change their passwords often and make them difficult.
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