(BLOG.SFGATE) — The one-way walkie-talkie baby monitors that parents once used to listen in on their sleeping babies are a thing of the past. Today’s moms and dads are spying on their children with wireless IP cameras that you set up in your nursery and access through your mobile phone. The web-connected systems are popular because you can tune into your dozing (or screaming) child from anywhere you can get cell reception or wi-fi. It’s not uncommon for parents out on a date to call up the camera to make sure the sitter put their precious cargo to bed on time.
Handy? Yes, but a couple in Ohio recently learned that there’s one big drawback to this new technology: Creepy strangers can hack into your camera.
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Heather Schreck was asleep when she was woken in the middle of the night by a man’s voice coming from her baby’s room in her Cincinnati home.
Heather picked up her mobile phone and accessed the camera to check on her 10-month-old daughter Emma’s room.
The camera was moving, but Heather wasn’t moving it, and then she heard the man’s voice again and he was screaming, “Wake up baby, wake up baby!”