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Scary Grid: Baby Monitor Hacked to Play 'Eerie Music,' Tell Parent 'You Are Being Watche


A family from southwestern Ontario would likely agree after someone hacked their baby monitor to prank them in a way that seems like it is straight out of a horror film.

A parent was rocking a young kid to sleep when the camera on the couple's baby monitor remotely activated.

Ontario Provincial Police Constable Liz Melvin told the National Post"The camera played some eerie music and a voice could be heard indicating the parent and child were being watched." 

Sounds fun, right?

Sure, it's one thing to read about this in a news article, but consider how that would feel if it happened to you. It's the middle of the night and you are rocking your baby to sleep. All of a sudden, creepy music starts playing and your technological gadget tells you that you are being watched.

After this happened, the police issued a statement reminding people that yes, these cameras can indeed be hacked (and apparently easily), as can any security cameras and home monitoring systems people buy and hook up to wi-fi these days.

The point to take away from the story according to the police constable is that people should realize nothing connected to the Internet is secure. Nothing.

Now think about how they want people to connect their entire homes (and thus, lives) to the Internet to be part of the unfolding smart grid.

Things like Nest home thermostat controls that can be remotely accessed via the Internet. Wi-fi home security camera systems that would give a hacker the complete, real-time layout of your home and possessions. "Smart" appliances… everything from TVs with voice recognition software that spy on their owners to ovens with built-in cameras so people can record time lapses of cookies baking. Even China was caught bugging ordinary appliances like clothes irons in order to spy on Russian citizens.

The bottom line? The smart grid will know everything about you from inside your home. 

Former CIA Director David Petraeus was basically drooling with excitement when discussing the smart home's "effect on clandestine tradecraft" back in 2012.