'Wake up Allyson': hacker talks to toddler on baby monitor
Parent horrified to hear hacker saying 'sexual things' to his daughter on high-tech device
THE parent of a toddler has described his horror when he realised a computer hacker had seized control of the family's baby monitor and was using it to say "sexual things" to his daughter.
Marc Gilbert says he and his wife had come to rely on the high-tech monitor to keep an eye on their two-year-old daughter Allyson, ABC News reports. The networked device is fitted with a video camera that can pan around the child's room and audio technology that allows parents to hear and speak to their infant from another part of the house.
But Gilbert says he did not recognise the "detached" voice he heard coming from the monitor over the weekend at their home in Harris County, Texas. As he walked down the hall towards Allyson's room he was shocked to hear the male voice saying "sexual things" to his daughter.
As he entered the room, the voice said: "Wake up Allyson, you little f*****", according to Gilbert. He then noticed the monitor's camera turning in his direction as the hacker tried to see who had entered the room.
Gilbert ripped the monitor's power cord from the wall. He believes the hacker was in full control of the baby monitor and had been able to use its moving camera to read the girl's name, 'Allyson', written in large letters on the bedroom wall.
The two-year-old was oblivious to the cyber attack, however. She was born profoundly deaf and her cochlear implants were turned off as she slept.
"As a father, I'm supposed to protect her against people like this," Gilbert said. "So it's a little embarrassing to say the least but it's not going to happen again."
Cases of hackers taking control of the video cameras fitted to computers are not new. The creepy process, known as 'ratting', has been used mostly by male hackers to spy on women, not babies. ·