He won't take the chance that hackers could try to peep at his 3-month-old infant.
Parents may not be aware Most new parents, however, aren't aware of that risk -- and some have found out the hard and terrifying way.
Many modern baby monitors come with a long list of high-tech features, from wireless connectivity to motion sensors.
But when Vikas Bhatia was shopping for a baby monitor for his little one, he didn't want any of those extra capabilities -- and especially not Wi-Fi. Bhatia, who is chief executive officer of the cybersecurity firm Kalki Consulting, understands the real risk is that baby monitors with Wi-Fi can be hacked from virtually anywhere in the world.
In another incident in Texas, parents of a 2-year-old girl heard a hacker's voice through her baby monitor, calling their daughter "a moron" and other disturbing insults.
And in an Indiana case, a mother heard the Police song "Every Breath You Take" playing from her daughter's baby monitor, followed by "sexual noises." Hackers tend to be opportunistic, explained Bhatia, who has more than 16 years of experience in the cybersecurity field.
And if they did, he would then threaten them further, notifying them that he knew they had told someone.
"It's just a general risk which is always there and which is always associated with technology." Haryutunan should know: He's one of the researchers who helped discover vulnerabilities in devices like baby monitors — small surveillance cameras of comparable size to the ones police officers would end up wearing.
" Artem Haryutunan, a security researcher at Qualys, told The Wire.
The activist, known only by his email handle, [email protected], had made a simple demand.
He wanted every video ever captured by Seattle police car dashboard cameras, as well as all the videos from a new body camera pilot project.