Baby monitor hack shows danger of default passwords

By   ISBuzz Team
Writer , Information Security Buzz | Aug 18, 2013 11:04 pm PST

ABC News is reporting a story of a family in Houston, TX whose baby monitor was hacked. See the embedded video of the story below.

The story describes how the camera began emitting an unknown voice which spoke abusively to the children.  The parents expressed relief that the 2-year-old girl in whose room the camera was located is deaf, so she didn’t hear the perpetrator yell obscenities at the child.

The ABC News story does not provide a make or model of the camera, nor any details of how it was compromised, but it’s not hard to guess. It’s unfortunate that the story did not take the next logical step to ask how this happened and how it could be prevented. Instead it paints the attacker as mysterious and powerful, if still a jerk.