Baby surveillance devices: adorable and practical when used by parents, freaking creepy when used by strange adults on the internet. A couple in Houston recently discovered this firsthand when a man hacked their baby monitor and used it to shout profanity at their sleeping daughter.
The more computerized and dependent on wireless communication everyday objects become, the more vulnerable they are to hacking. The late security expert Barnaby Jack exposed weaknesses in Pacemakers, insulin pumps, and ATMs, showing how everyday objects not commonly thought of as targets can be taken over by malicious third parties. Often, the weaknesses in these machines exist, not because they are hard to fix, but because manufacturers don't even consider the possibility of hacking.
In this case, the solution was basic web security. The monitor used Wi-Fi, and the lack of a password meant accessing the Wi-Fi network gave the hacker a way in to taking over the monitor. Creepy! Fortunately, documented cases of baby monitor hacking are rare. Still, as more and more devices rely on the internet, it's never a bad idea for manufacturers to think about how their products could realistically be hacked, and build in safeguards (like requiring a password during set-up) to protect against that.
Many typical Ethernet devices\wireless Ethernet devices that come from a factory with simple default logins and passwords, if you know the manufacture and model number of that device the characteristics of that device can be down loaded freely off the internet, telling of the default login and passwords.
Usually somewhere in the verbiage of setting up the device the manufacture encourages you to change the password and write down some place, (perhaps under the device itself).
Login into the device with the default login and password is not hacking, but simply educating oneself of how the device works.
MANUFACTORS OF EITHERNET DEVICE DO CONSIDER HACKING AND DO ENCOURAGE THE USERS TO CHANGE THE PASSWORDS! It is the lazy user, who chooses not to change it.
On a side note, when you move into an apartment, make sure the apartment manager change the locks and when you buy a house, make sure you change the locks too.
Why would someone be panicked about a camera that watches their baby being hacked? What point would there be to hack such a camera? There isn't even a point to it.
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