The couple Jay and Sarah were alarmed to discover that a stranger had hacked into their baby monitor and was spying on their toddler, sometimes speaking disturbing messages into the device, as CBS News describes, The San Francisko Globe reports.
According to KDVR, the boy had previously told his parents that he was scared at night because he could hear someone talking to him over the phone. Jay and Sarah were confused as to what he meant until the hair-raising moment Sarah walked into her son's room to hear a voice say, "wake up little boy, daddy's looking for you."
KDVR explains that Jay heard the voice from the monitor continue to speak, saying, "look someone's coming or someone's coming into view," as Sarah walked into the room.
The couple also noted that the night-vision lens was being controlled to follow their movements.
Horrified, the couple took immediate action and phoned Foscam, the manufacturer of the monitor, who explained it was possible their device was hacked and being controlled by someone using a smartphone app or laptop, KDVR reports.
Concerned that the hacker may have further intentions, the family has made safety a top priority in their home and is using their harrowing experience to inform others of the potential dangers of baby monitors.
According to CBS News, this type of crime is becoming more and more frequent. The Internet connection and smartphone capability that many baby monitors now come equipped with make it possible for strangers to hack the device.
Fox19 cites a solutions expert named Dave Hatter, who suggests changing both the Wi-Fi password and monitor's camera password to two different codes, as well as installing any device updates available.