http://KTTC.images.worldnow.com/interface/js/WNVideo.js?rnd=990732;hostDomain=www.kttc.com;playerWidth=680;playerHeight=416;isShowIcon=true;clipId=11345206;flvUri=;partnerclipid=;adTag=News;advertisingZone=;enableAds=true;landingPage=;islandingPageoverride=false;playerType=STANDARD_EMBEDDEDscript;controlsType=fixedKTTC Rochester, Austin, Mason City News, Weather and SportsThe details sound like something straight out of Poltergeist, but this is real life: A Minnesota family said the “nanny cam” in their child’s nursery was hacked, emitting strange music at will, and images from it were posted online.
A Rochester, Minnesota, mom, who chose to remain anonymous, told KTTC in a Friday report that they first noticed something wrong with the Foscam nursery camera after it began playing strange music at night.
She said they were able to track the offending IP address through the camera’s software back to Amsterdam. The IP address had a link with it, to a site with “thousands and thousands” of images inside people’s homes, including of their child’s crib.
“There’s at least fifteen different countries listed and it’s not just nurseries – it’s people’s living rooms, their bedrooms, their kitchens,” the mom said. “Every place that people think is sacred and private in their home is being accessed.”
What’s worse, the hackers could allegedly control the camera. The family faced the camera toward a wall, and in a few hours found it was facing the closet.
KTTC said they asked the family to turn on the camera for its story, and very soon more images were online.
This isn’t the first time nanny cams have been hijacked: a Houston nanny recently discovered a camera in one of her client’s homes – made by Foscam, the same maker of the camera in Minnesota – had been taken over.
“What pervert has been watching and not said anything?” the nanny said at the time. “That is the kind of person that I am afraid of. Like, who has been watching silently?”
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