In­ter­net cam­era hacked in child’s nurs­ery

Cape Breton Post - - CANADA -

A south­west­ern On­tario fam­ily had a creepy en­counter with a cam­era mon­i­tor­ing their young child when it sud­denly be­gan play­ing mu­sic and a voice said they were be­ing watched.

It hap­pened a lit­tle af­ter nine in the evening on July 7 to a young fam­ily in Mid­dle­sex Cen­tre, a ru­ral area north of Lon­don, Ont., ac­cord­ing to On­tario Pro­vin­cial Po­lice Const. Liz Melvin.

She said one of the par­ents was rock­ing the young child to sleep in the nurs­ery when the cam­era was re­motely ac­ti­vated.

“The cam­era played some eerie mu­sic and a voice could be heard in­di­cat­ing the par­ent and child were be­ing watched,” Melvin said. “Ob­vi­ously it’s go­ing to be dis­turb­ing.”

The fam­ily’s In­ter­net ser­vice provider con­firmed the router had been hacked and the source of the hack could be from any­where in the world, she said.

In re­sponse to the in­ci­dent, the OPP is­sued a warn­ing re­mind­ing peo­ple that cam­eras con­nected to the In­ter­net can be hacked. They said se­cu­rity cam­eras and mon­i­tor­ing sys­tems can be sus­cep­ti­ble to hack­ers be­cause many have an op­tion to be used re­motely en­abled by de­fault.

“Be aware that po­ten­tially noth­ing is se­cure if it’s con­nected to the In­ter­net,” Melvin said.

Melvin said no other in­ci­dences have been re­ported and she wasn’t aware of any past in­ves­ti­ga­tions into this type of cam­era hack­ing in the area.

“Whether it’s iso­lated or not, that’s a good ques­tion, it seems to be in this area, but it could just be that it’s un­re­ported,” Melvin said.

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