Mom Discovers Someone Hacked Into Her Security System And Has Been Live Streaming Her Twin Daughters’ Bedroom For Over A Month
A Texas mom stumbled upon something completely horrifying this week, basically just by weird coincidence. Someone had hacked the security camera inside the bedroom of her twin daughters and has been streaming a live feed to the internet since July.
Here’s how it happened:
A mother of three, including the two 8-year-old girls who share the bedroom, asked to be identified only by her first name, Jennifer. She told ABC News that she discovered the chilling live feed when another concerned mother posted a screenshot in a Facebook group for Houston mothers.
The Oregon woman who posted the image said she was looking for satellite images of Earth with her son when she decided to download the free app Live Camera Viewer.
The app taps into surveillance feeds from around the world, from a tiger enclosure in a Japanese zoo to an intersection in Guadalajara, Mexico. Some of the cameras are clearly not publicly run – bedrooms, hotel rooms and home surveillance cameras can also be found on the app.
Here’s the scariest part — the app sorts the feed based on the number of likes a live stream receives. Since last month, the feed has received 571 likes, meaning at least that many people have peeked (or worse) into her kids’ bedroom.
“We have security cameras to protect them,” Jennifer told ABC. “I feel like I’ve failed. … People are watching my kids in their home, dressing, sleeping, playing.”
So how the hell did this happen?
Security experts said that the hackers likely found the family’s IP address by accessing her daughter’s iPad through a video game the girls were playing, Jennifer said. They apparently then took control of the cameras through the family’s modem and DVR system.
God damn Pokemon Go!
Jennifer told ABC she’s not allowing her children on the internet now, saying “I just can’t chance it again.”