February 4, 2016 11:58 am

hacked baby monitor

Washington couple Sarah and Jay’s happy life devolved into real-life horror recently when an unexpected visitor invaded their home. According to CBS News, the nightmare began when the couple’s three-year-old son told them that he was afraid to sleep at night because someone was talking to him over the phone. His parents chalked the fear up to an overactive toddler’s imagination, until one night, when Jay was tucking his boy into bed and heard a voice on the child’s baby monitor saying, “Wake up little boy, daddy’s looking for you.” The remote controlled camera on the baby monitor swiveled and the voice added, “Someone’s coming,” before Dad pulled the plug.

While we certainly can’t rule out poltergeists, haints, or an ancient vengeful spirit jealous of the child’s life force, the most likely culprit was a mundane computer hacker. Nerds access baby monitors fairly frequently, leading to awesomely creepy stories like the Minnesota couple who were startled by strange music coming from their monitor and voice informing them they were being watched, or the New York man who’s monitor suddenly squawked “Wake up, you little slut” at his two-year-old daughter.

According to the information on a computer weirdo website that gathers open feeds of private cameras, there are more than 20,000 unsecure webcams operating at any given time, including baby monitors. There’s even a charming subreddit devoted to the hobby of staring into strangers’ lives without them knowing. These incidents can largely be avoided by changing the default password on monitors and Wi-Fi networks, but many, it seems haven’t taken that step.

For some fictional baby monitor horror, check out the short film below, made by our friends at Daywalt Fear Factory


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