Hacked Baby Camera Invades a Family's Privacy

A South Carolina mom was surprised when she figured out that her family’s $34 Fredi Wireless baby camera was hacked.

Summit, the 24-year-old mom, woke up to the camera pointed at her, but she didn’t think much of it first, till she noticed the camera move again to the spot where she feeds her infant baby.

     “My son is only 3 months old, and God knows what kind of images and videos out there of both of us and intimate moments,” Jamie Summitt told WCIV. “I feel guilty for not doing enough research on this. I didn’t know this was something I needed to look into. I thought baby monitors were kind of cut and dry. You find a baby monitor, you watch them napping, it was supposed to be a safety thing.”

Apparently, the $34 hacked baby camera is sold on Amazon, and it claims “No Risk of Personal Information” and a lifetime technical support.

“I would have never, ever bought something if I thought it was this easy of a security risk,” she added. “When I was making my baby registry, nobody warned me — no other mom said anything. It’s not common knowledge.”

“I feel so violated,” she wrote on Facebook. “This person has watched me day in and day out in the most personal and intimate moments between my son and I. I am supposed to be my son’s protector and have failed miserably. I honestly don’t ever want to go back into my own bedroom.”

The family called the North Charleston Police Department; however, when the cop tried to see how the monitor was behaving, the app locked them out due to “insufficient permissions”. Summit told ABC News that she suspects the “hacker ‘heard everything’ and ‘saw the officer.’”

Summit did all the right things including choosing a complex password to protect the camera, but the fact is: Most IOT cameras have security flaws, and there are no standards to insure proper in-design security measures.

Mohamad El Hout, MBA, M.Eng., CISSP

Mohamad is an entrepreneur and a Senior Security Consultant dealing with the design and delivery of standard and complex security gateway solutions, covering a wide range of cutting edge technologies. His interests include business, technology, leadership, sports, and the continuous pursuit of knowledge.

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