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The alarm came with the case of a three-year-old boy who complained of hearing voices at night. It happened in Brazil. His parents at first thought it was the typical childhood fear of the dark. That, and a little imagination from your son. But the boy insisted. The parents investigated and did indeed hear a male voice in the boy's bedroom.
The voice came from the security camera they had installed in the nursery. A hacker had gotten into it and controlled it by remote control. The image of your child could be at that time going around the world on the Internet.
It is not an isolated case. In the United States there are thousands and thousands of complaints for this same case. IP cameras, which work via Wi-Fi and are connected to smartphones and tablets, can be 'invaded' by a hacker, through a procedure known as creepware. But how do they do it?
Creepware is a fairly inexpensive software program (it costs no more than 30 euros). It serves as a 'spy element'. Allows the hacker to hack into a webcam or device with IP, open to smartphones and tablets. It does not work with closed circuit surveillance cameras, only those that are managed with IP. From his position, and thanks to this program, the hacker can control another electronic device remotely, such as a baby's surveillance camera, capture photos and images and get hold of them.
I mean, yes, your baby can be observed and photographed by strangers. And the stranger in question can post your child's images and videos on the Internet.
Many will wonder how you can sell a spy item. Shouldn't it be illegal? The answer is that these types of programs are sold on a 'semi-legal' basis. They take advantage of another type of description to go through totally legal programs. For example, some of them are sold as 'remote administration tool'. And nobody can tell you anything for buying a program that allows you to manage all the appliances in your home remotely, right?
The big question is ... how can I avoid this? Many people since they know this danger, they cover with stickers both webcam and video surveillance cameras. But then what is the point of having them?
Accessories that work with magnets have been created to cover the camera. They pose a major obstacle to the hacker, but they are not completely effective.
Nor can you trust the led light that turns on as soon as the webcam starts up. This light can also be deactivated by remote control.
- Constantly update the software of the IP device you use.
- Do not click on social network links, messages and emails from your mobile (if you have connected your smartphone with the surveillance camera, they can also enter it from there).
- Change important passwords once a month.
- Do not download programs from suspicious websites.
In the end, the best thing parents can do is watch, better surveillance of yours than that of a camera. Make sure that nobody is watching for them. And before any strange noise that they detect, report it.
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