Don't Panic, But Your Baby Monitor Can Be Hacked

Apparently there's a website in Russia streaming U.S. video camera footage, including—ugh—baby monitors. Here's what to do.

baby monitor by bed Getty Images: GK Hart/Vicky Hart

You thought it was bad when hackers got your credit card info from Target. You hated it when you had to send out an apology to your entire contact list after someone hacked your email. But finding out someone hacked your baby monitor? That may just be the lowest of the low.

Business Insider reports a website, registered in the Cocos Islands, an Australian territory, and written in Russian is streaming webcam feeds, which include baby monitor footage, as well as video from parking lots, home security cameras, offices and businesses.

The site, which hacked into accounts using default passwords (think "1234") globally, including more than 4,500 cameras in the United States, according to Business Insider, says its purpose is to "show the importance of the security settings."

Want off the site, which also gives GPS info? Change your password, and it will be removed, the news site reports.

The site has not been made public (driving more traffic to this? Not okay.), but Business Insider says U.S., Australian, British and Chinese authorities are "lobbying Russia to force those responsible for the site to take it down."

And we're lobbying you to change your passwords. We know 1234 is easy to remember when you're sleep-deprived and remembering a new code is a pain, but it's certainly not as painful as finding out someone is streaming video of your baby sleeping. Ugh!

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