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Creepy Hacker Speaks To Young Child Through Smart Baby Monitor In ‘Digital Home Invasion’

Source: Chicago Tribune


Arjun and Jessica Sud routinely use a baby monitor to keep tabs on their 7-month-old’s bedroom. Last month, they heard something chilling through the monitor: A deep male voice was speaking to their child.

“Immediately I barge into the room because I’m like, ‘Oh my God, maybe someone got in there,’” said Arjun Sud, 29. “The moment I walk in, it’s quiet.”

The couple grabbed their son, now fully awake, and headed downstairs. When they passed their Nest thermostat, normally set around 72 degrees, they noticed it had been turned up to 90. Then, the voice was back, coming through the speaker in a downstairs security camera. And this time, it was talking to them.

The voice was rude and vulgar, using the n-word and cursing, he said. At first, he yelled back. But then, Sud composed himself and stared into the camera.

“He was like, ‘Why are you looking at me? I see you watching me,’” Sud said. “That’s when I started to question him back.”

The Lake Barrington family’s Nest cameras and thermostat had been hacked.

“I felt like I (was) trapped in an episode of ‘Black Mirror,’” Arjun Sud said, referring to a television series that explores the darker aspects of technology. “All these devices you’ve put in there to safeguard yourself, to protect your home, your family, (are) now being used maliciously to turn against you.”

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