August 15, 2013
Marc Gilbert, father of two, was disturbed to hear the sound of a European man calling his two year old daughter by name over a video baby monitor installed in the child’s bedroom.
The voice made lewd comments and called the little girl a “slut”.
When Gilbert and his wife entered the bedroom, the voice began cussing at them; calling the parents stupid morons and the wife a “bitch”.
Gilbert recalled: “[I] couldn’t see the guy. All you could do was hear his voice and [that] he was controlling the camera. It’s somewhat of a blessing.”
When entering the room, Gilbert heard: “Wake up Allyson, you little slut!”
Gilbert was relieved that his daughter is deaf and could not hear the profanity. He said: “If she had heard it, it would have been a big problem.”
The camera moved as the couple moved in the room.
The video baby monitor was password protected and hooked up to a wireless network which was firewall secured.
Gilbert commented: “It’s quite possible that this had been going on more than one day. Security vulnerabilities exist.”
The Foscam FI9821P baby monitor owned by the Gilberts has a default admin and password that makes the device susceptible to hacks if not changed by the owner before using the device.
The baby monitor was equipped with Wi-Fi and night vision.
Called script-kiddies , hackers will secretly install malware to spy on occupants from remote locations through webcams and other monitoring devices.
These hackers are assumed to be juveniles and are believed to be lacking the ability to perform sophisticated hacks.
It is the type of stunt performed to gain “credit” within the hacker community.
In a report commissioned by the Department of Defense (DoD) in 2005, script-kiddies are defined as: “The more immature but unfortunately often just as dangerous exploiter of security lapses on the Internet. The typical script kiddy uses existing and frequently well known and easy-to-find techniques and programs or scripts to search for and exploit weaknesses in other computers on the Internet—often randomly and with little regard or perhaps even understanding of the potentially harmful consequences.”
BabyPing offers an app for an iPhone and iPad using WiFi technology. The BabyPing video monitor “can connect to your network up to 5 times faster and reach twice the distance.”
This app “connects directly to your home network, so no more hassles with interference or with niggling security issues.”