Of course, home security cameras can be used for good, but as Jennifer, who didn't want her full named shared, explained to ABC News, when she thought she was protecting her kids, she was actually exposing them to potential danger. "I feel like I've failed. ... People are watching my kids in their home, dressing, sleeping, playing."
It was another mom who lived 2,000 miles away in Oregon who made the discovery that footage of Jennifer's twins was being leaked on the Internet. Shelby Ivie, a mother-of-two, posted a photo of the girls' room in a Houston mothers' Facebook group to try and warn the family about what was going on. She'd stumbled upon video of the rooms when she was looking at satellite images of Earth online with her kids, and downloaded an app called Live Camera Viewer.
Jennifer found out the footage has been streaming online for several weeks at least. The camera was compromised when one of her twins used an unprotected server while playing a game online. "From what I understand, there's tons of unprotected servers out there these kids are going on and basically people are waiting for them," she told ABC News, adding that she's learned hackers likely got their IP address off her daughter's iPad, then found their monitor and computer system, and was even able to access their modem and DVR system, and the cameras in their home.
Chillingly, Jennifer said the footage of her young daughters had 571 likes. Her daughters are no longer able to use the Internet.
We reached out to Monica Eaton-Cardone, the owner of cybersecurity company Chargebacks911 to find out how parents can keep their families safe from hackers. Here are her tips:
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