Don't let a stranger hack into your baby monitor

Don't let a stranger hack into your baby monitor

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Don't let a stranger hack into your baby monitor

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by Karen Grace / KENS 5

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Posted on August 15, 2013 at 8:20 AM

SAN ANTONIO -- Anyone with a baby monitor in their child's crib probably feels pretty safe. But what if someone hacked into it and was cursing at your baby?

Sounds bizarre, but that's what happened to a Houston mother.

"Very fancy," Mary Rodriguez said about some of the new high-tech baby monitors.

Rodriguez can't believe how much times have changed. While she said it's amazing how you can watch your kids from anywhere and at anytime, she's startled that child predators are using the same technology.

"That's pretty much the down side of it," she said.

A Houston couple recently heard a strange man's voice coming from their baby's monitor. Authorities said a hacker had apparently taken over the monitor and was calling the 2-year-old child profane names. They said the hacker was also controlling the camera.

"If he's not a family member he shouldn't be doing that," said Dale Delph, a concerned father of two. "As a father I hope that never happens to me."

Pricier baby monitors have cameras and require WiFi. Authorities said it's possible that's how the hacker gained access.

Time Warner said this incident is a reminder to secure passwords and take other steps to protect personal information.

"Fortunately, we've never seen a case like that," said Melissa Sorola, a spokeswoman for Time Warner. "We do stress to customers that they do set up a good password for their wireless system at home."

Time Warner provided these websites for customers to enhance their Internet security.

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