Beware these Internet-connected baby monitors. They may be convenient and feature-packed compared to traditional monitors, but they also are extremely unsecure. And this isn't just hypothetical.
We already know that hackers have busted into baby monitors and done some chillingly creepy stuff. And last week, a couple from Indiana had their son's monitor hacked and the person responsible started playing the Police’s “Every Breath You Take,” and continued their terrifying tirade by making “sexual noises.”
Now a new report by Rapid 7 shows that these top-selling monitors are the worst on the market right now when it comes to your Internet privacy and protection. If you have monitors from iBaby, Philips, TRENDnet, Summer Infant, Lens Laboratory and Gynoii, your information may be at risk.
These monitors are the ones specifically tested in the report:
- iBaby M6
- iBaby M3S
- Philips In.Sight B120/37 (Two different models)
- Summer Baby Zoom WiFi Monitor & Internet Viewing System (Two different models)
- Lens Peek-a-View
- TRENDnet WiFi Baby Cam TV-IP743SIC
“Eight of the 9 cameras got an F and one got a D minus,” says security researcher Mark Stanislav of Rapid 7.
The price of the video monitor doesn't mean that you're going to be getting a lesser or higher quality of camera, or any added security features. The cameras mentioned above ranged from $55 to $260.
It's hard to understand why anyone would want to target a camera feed of a sleeping child. But Rapid 7 explains that these gadget are actually big bull's-eyes when it comes to hacking.
"Video baby monitors make ideal candidates for security exploration; not only are they positioned as safety and security devices (and therefore, should be held to a reasonably high standard for security), but the techniques used in discovering these findings are easily transferable to plenty of other areas of interest," the Rapid 7 report explains.
If you have any of the cameras above, call the manufacturer immediately and try to get a refund.
Your child or grandchild is the last person you want a stranger spying on, so you want to get this issue resolved as soon as possible.