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9 baby monitors wide open to hacks that expose users’ most private moments

Despite its ubiquity, Internet of Things security still isn’t ready for prime time.

The security of Internet-connected baby monitors got a failing grade from researchers who found critical vulnerabilities in all nine of the models they reviewed.

9 baby monitors wide open to hacks that expose users’ most private moments

The weaknesses make it possible for hackers half a world away to perform a host of nefarious actions. They include monitoring live video feeds, changing camera settings, harvesting video clips stored online, and making an unlimited number of additions to the list of users who are authorized to remotely view and control a monitor. Researchers from security firm Rapid7 spent most of 2015 reviewing nine models from eight manufacturers and then scored them on a 250-point scale for overall security. The researchers then translated the scores into standard academic grades. Eight of the models received an F and one got a D. As Kashmir Hill at Fusion points out, the report comes a week after an Indiana couple reported someone hacked their two-year-old’s baby monitor and played the Police’s “Every Breath You Take” followed by “sexual noises.”

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