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Two parents in Texas learned the hard way that baby monitors can get hacked. They heard a creepy voice calling out to their sleeping 2-year-old daughter.
The hacker cursed and said sexually explicit things to the child, and even called her by her name. He also took control of the camera and could see into her room, reports CBS News.
The Texas parents didn't call the cops, and the hacker hasn't been located. But for parents who use baby monitors, there are some simple steps you can take to try to keep creepers at bay. For example:
Calm Down, Parents
Take this incident as a teachable moment on using passwords, but don't get paranoid. Baby monitor hijacking is a rarity and happens on a "slim-to-none" basis, according to The Christian Science Monitor.
If your child is one of the very, very few to fall victim to a monitor hack and be harmed by it, only then should you call the police or speak to an attorney.
But for the rest of you, know that millions of monitors have been sold, in addition to webcams used as makeshift monitors. Yet they haven't been making headlines because no serious hacking danger accompanies using them.
This incident will certainly give fodder to newbie parents who take worrying about their babes to unprecedented heights -- Can you even imagine the shot nerves of a technophobic new parent?! -- but you must resist the urge to overreact.
SIDS -- now that's something to really worry about.