KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- One family's horrible discovery over the weekend when a hacker took over their baby monitor, has experts sending out warnings about how easily this is accomplished by hackers with bad intentions.
In the Texas incident, the man hacked into the baby monitor in their daughter's nursery and was talking to her and watching her while she slept. The parents heard a noise coming from her room like someone was talking. When they went to check they heard the man saying their daughter's name, which he had apparently read on the wall through the monitor's camera.
"He was saying, 'Wake up Allyson, you little, (bleep)", said the Gilberts. "It felt like somebody broke into our house."
In another instance, a researcher and hacker literally unlocked a person's house door. The security researcher found a flaw in a device known as a 'smart lock' which is connected to a device that enables people to control their home appliances from their phone.
"Actually run code... and compromise it, just set up a back door, or I can control any device hooked up to it," research hacker Daniel Crowley said.
Security researchers found a similar vulnerability in a children's toy rabbit that has a camera inside of it that syncs with an app on the parents' mobile device, so they can keep an eye on their kids.
"I was able to capture from it; a URL which was the direct video feed. And as long as the access token was still valid -- it hadn't been expired yet -- I could watch that video feed indefinitely," said Crowley.
One of the companies, with the VeraLite lock system, stresses that a hacker requires an insecure wifi connection. They say the majority of the users have secure internet connections.
Researchers recommend always putting a strong password on your internet connection, keep your software up-to-date, and never click on links from strangers.