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Hackers target baby monitors

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Online predators are hacking the cameras on baby monitors and communicating with kids.

It happened to an Ohio couple and it could happen to any parent that uses a baby monitor with IP cameras.

An Ohio couple woke up to a scary discovery. They heard noises one night from their 10-month-old baby's room and discovered the baby camera was moving, only it wasn't them controlling it.

"About the time I saw it moving, and I also heard a voice again start screaming at my daughter. He was screaming, 'Wake up baby. Wake up baby,' and then just a long "aaaaahhhh" screaming at her, I guess trying to wake her up," said mother Heather Schreck.

No one was physically inside their home, but they found out their 10-month-old's baby cam had been hacked from the outside.

"You kind of do feel violated in a way," said father Adam Schreck.

KCTV5 did some digging and found it wasn't that hard to break into

Jake Reynolds, co-founder of Depth Discovery, helps companies find security weaknesses in their software.

"This is very simple for a teenager today," Reynolds said.

Reynolds said the baby IP cameras, where you can access video from anywhere via Internet, are usually set up with a manufacturer username and password, and parents don't normally change them.

"You may open up 10 of them and five might have default password," he said.

Reynolds suggests parents change their username and password and, even though they may like the convenience of checking on their baby via a monitor while at work or somewhere else, they should consider avoiding that.

"Maybe consider just inside your home, not having access across the country or the globe," he said.

Reynolds said the baby monitor camera can be just a gateway into your home, but a hacker can get inside your wireless service using the camera as an entry way.

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