The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) announced the shocking news that our baby monitors could be watched by criminals, advising parents to alter the security settings after buying them.
According to the NCSC, simple to guess passwords might have allowed hackers to access home camera devices and baby monitors, allowing cyber-attackers to breach privacy and observe the home.
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In one very scary case, a device was hacked, and the attacker spoke to a young girl pretending to be Father Christmas.
Dr Ian Levy, technical director of the NCSC, said: 'Smart technology such as cameras and baby monitors are fantastic innovations but without the right security measures, they can be vulnerable to cyber attackers. We want people to continue using these devices safely which is why we have produced new guidance.'
How to protect your home cameras from a security breach
- Change the default password to something unique and hard to guess. Usually, devices come with a obvious password such as ‘0000’ so this should be changed before you start using it.
- Keep the camera software updated with regular security updates.
- Switch off the features that allow you to check the cameras remotely if you don’t need them on.
Consumer group Which?, have gone a step further in suggesting that in the past, children’s smart toys and devices had security flaws and should be under mandatory security requirements to avoid incidents like this in the future.