CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – More and more often parents are telling their accounts of hackers spying on children through a baby monitor.
This prompted New York City’s Department of Consumer Affairs to issue a public alert to parents. They are urging consumers to make sure that their Internet-connected video baby monitors are secure.
Realistically, someone could be sitting outside of your home hacking into your WiFi, if they can get into the WiFi, then they could get into a baby monitor that uses WiFi.
“Try to avoid the WiFi baby monitors at all costs, stick to the old style baby monitors, the ones that just do sound. If you do ones with video make sure there is no video included. Because a lot of times people can hack in and see your kid when they’re home and that can cause problems,” said Chris Bovino of Northeast I.T.
There have been multiple reports of baby-monitoring devices being hacked. In some cases, frightened parents said they discovered strangers talking to their babies in the middle of the night through the monitors.
The Department of Consumer Affairs has issued subpoenas to four manufactures of video monitors as part of an investigation into the security of the devices, the names on those devices have not been released.
“Set a strong password for your WiFi, for the system itself because anyone can just come up with a laptop next to your home, hack into your WiFi and they have access to everything,” said Bovino.
The Department of Consumer Affairs also recommends changing your password regularly.