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Baby monitor hackers
27 sept. 2017
Distraught Waikiki mum Katie McMurray spied on by baby monitor hackers
A young mum in Waikiki fears cyber hackers have used her baby monitor to spy on her and her young daughter.
Katie McMurray and her partner Sean Johnson thought a baby monitor would give them peace of mind when their daughter Chelsea arrived.
The couple have used the monitor to watch the three-month-old from another room, or via an app on Mr Johnson’s phone.
But the high-tech helper turned sinister on Tuesday when Ms McMurray was changing her daughter’s nappy.
The Waikiki mum said the camera iris started to follow her every move.
“I was shocked, it really made me quite sick,” Ms McMurray said.
“I feel like we buy these things to make sure our kids are safe, and then you don’t know who is watching,” Mr Johnson added.
Experts say any internet applications accessed through your home wifi carries a risk.
“Anything that’s on the internet has a particular footprint which can be traced,” Curtin cyber expert Dr Tama Leaver said.
Mr Johnson said the couple had taken safety precautions and set a password for the camera as well as the home network, but the hacker managed to penetrate the network.
“Be careful, anyone could be looking at your children,” Ms McMurray warned.
The couple have returned the monitor.
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