#CyberFLASH: OPP says camera monitoring child hacked

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MIDDLESEX CENTRE, Ont. – A southwestern Ontario family had a creepy encounter with a camera monitoring their young child when it suddenly began playing music and a voice said they were being watched.

It happened a little after nine in the evening on July 7 to a young family in Middlesex Centre, a rural area north of London, Ont., according to Ontario Provincial Police Const. Liz Melvin.

She said one of the parents was rocking the young child to sleep in the nursery when the camera was remotely activated.

“The camera played some eerie music and a voice could be heard indicating the parent and child were being watched,” Melvin said. “Obviously it’s going to be disturbing.”

The family’s Internet service provider confirmed the router had been hacked and the source of the hack could be from anywhere in the world, she said.

In response to the incident, the OPP issued a warning Wednesday reminding people that cameras connected to the Internet can be hacked. They said security cameras and monitoring systems can be susceptible to hackers because many have an option to be used remotely enabled by default.

“Be aware that potentially nothing is secure if it’s connected to the Internet,” Melvin said.

Melvin said no other incidences have been reported and she wasn’t aware of any past investigations into this type of camera hacking in the area.

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