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Baby monitors become new trend for hackers to see into private homes

From our News Partners at WCBD-TV:

If your baby monitor, Apple TV, cell phone or computers have cameras on them; intruders may be watching your every move.

 One Ohio family had that scare when they heard a man's voice in their baby's bedroom and realized someone was watching them through the baby monitor.

 Heather Schreck was asleep around midnight when a voice startled her awake. She checked the camera on her monitor to look in on her 10-month-old baby girl, she was startled to see the camera moving around baby Emma's room even though she wasn't moving it.

 "About the time I saw it moving, I also heard a voice again start screaming at my daughter. He was screaming, 'Wake up baby. Wake up baby.' Then just screaming at her trying to wake her up," Shreck told her local news station.

 The Ohio affiliate reported by the time her husband ran into Emma's room the camera turned from his petrified daughter to point directly at him.

 "Then it screamed at me," he said. "Some bad things, some obscenities. So I unplugged the camera."

 The family said they felt violated to learn someone hacked into their camera and was watching their baby through the Forscam IP Camera.

Invading homes through technology isn't a new trend. Tech expert Larry Collett says there are five steps to take to protect your family.

1. Put a difficult password on your wireless router
2. Change the default settings of the router to something other than "admin" or "password"
3. Check for updates for the router and any connected devices
4. Periodically change your wifi password
5. Limit the number of connected devices that connect to your router

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