In Huston, Texas a mother discovered through the help of another mother who lived hundreds of miles away that the webcam the use to monitor their two daughters bedrooms had been hacked and the video was being streamed on the Internet for anyone to see.
The Texas mother, only known as “Jennifer,” said it was her “worst nightmare” when she found out all the activities going on in her daughters’ bedroom was online for thousands of people to watch.
“We have security cameras to protect them,” said Jennifer. “I feel like I’ve failed. … People are watching my kids in their home, dressing, sleeping, playing.”
Jennifer found out about the live stream when a friend informed her that someone had posted a picture of the girls’ room on a Houston mothers’ group on Facebook to warn the owner of the home.
Another mother, who lived 2,000 miles away in Oregon, Shelby Ivie, made the shocking discover and posted the warning to the Facebook group.
Ivie, said she and her son were looking at satellite images of Earth online. As she searched for additional live satellite feeds, she came across the free app Live Camera Viewer, which she then downloaded.
Ivie said as she scrolled past different images, she came across a live stream of a little girl’s room in Houston. The location, she said, was set at the top of the page. Ivie said she immediately created the Facebook post and shared it on news outlets’ pages, in comment sections and in mom groups. She said the image was shared more than 4,000 times.
I was in tears, thinking of the violation [Jennifer] must feel,” said Ivie.
Jennifer said that she reached out to Ivie to find out where the live stream could be found.
“It had been running since July 27, maybe even longer,” she said.
One of Jennifer’s daughters had accessed an unprotected game server with her iPad. Security experts said hackers would have been able to find the family’s IP address off her daughter’s iPad, locate their monitor and computer system, and then access their modem as well as their DVR system, which was linked to cameras throughout the house.
“They had  likes,” she said of the live stream, “so I know for a fact 571 people have been staring at my kids, probably more.”
Jennifer said today her children were no longer allowed on the internet.
“I just can’t chance it again,” she said, before sharing advice to other parents.
“Nowadays, everyone wants to play with people they don’t know,” Jennifer said. “You don’t know who these people are. You also don’t know if these servers are protected. … Always watch to see what your kids are doing.”
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Source: ABC News
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