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It’s 2018 so of course hacking baby monitors is a thing

By reviews / 22. June 2018

Cover up your baby monitor, hackers are on the loose.

Its 8 pm. You break out your finest bottle of red and sit down for the first time since returning home from work to take care of your one-year-old son. Before loading up the latest episode of Eastenders, you tune into your Fredi Wi-Fi baby monitor to check hes fast asleepYou think its just you watching, but youre wrong.

Joe Bloggs is also tuned into the feed. Youve never met him, but he knows you. In fact, he knows everything about you – from where you live to where you shopHes even seen the embarrassing tattoo on your inner thigh. Thats because Mr. Bloggs has been following your life like a soap opera ever since you installed the Fredi.

Fredi Wi-Fi baby monitor | Image: Mac Sources

Fortunately, thats not quite a true story, but it could well be as researchers have found various flaws in the Fredi Wi-Fi baby monitor that allow hackers to remotely connect to the device and use its built-in camera without authentication, supporting a mothers claim that her unit was hacked and used to spy on her family.

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Unfortunately the device ID does not look very secure,” the researchers wrote. “Plus the default password is neither randomly generated nor device-specific. Unless the user has changed the password to a secure one, anyone can log in and interact with the camera bytryingdifferent cloud IDs,” they added.

The investigation also found that the Fredi creates a backdoor into home Wi-Fi networks. Once uncovered, hackers can connect to other localised surveillance systems and even mine connected devices – like computers and smartphones – for sensitive data, including credit card numbers, messages and even pictures.

So what can customers do to stay safe? Research firm SEC Consult says that changing default passwords and keeping an eye out for suspicious hardware activity should do the trick, but wed advise going a step further by ditching the Fredi and investing in something a bit more respectable, like the Philips Avent uGrow.

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