Nanny gets shock of her life when man’s voice comes over baby monitor; what every parent should know

A Houston nanny got a shock Monday – and it’s the kind of story every parent with a baby monitor attached to a mobile phone app should pay attention to.

According to KHOU, the CBS affiliate, nanny Ashley Stanley was taking care of her toddler charge when a voice started coming from the security camera that monitors the child’s room.

“Thats a really poopy diaper,” the male voice said.

“I thought it was her mom and dad playing a joke on me,” Stanley said adding, “Is there like a toy on or something cause that is creeping me out!”

It wasn’t either of the girl’s parents, though.

The family was using a popular baby monitor made by Foscam, and thought it could be accessed only by phones on the monitor’s network.

Apparently, a stranger proved otherwise, hacking into the camera and apparently able to view everything the camera did.

According to KHOU, Stanley’s employers thought they had changed the password.

Foscam Chief Operations Officer Chase Rhymes told KHOU that any of the company’s cameras put on the market in the past year force consumers to do that, but older models might require an upgrade.

“The biggest thing consumers can do is make sure that they change the default password and username,” Rhymes said.

Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].

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