She bought the device at Action—a local discount-chain store that mostly sells low-budget convenience utilities.
Most particularly, to keep an eye on her puppy, who has a penchant for turning everything upside down.
Perhaps Hamer was just the first accessible target in a lurker’s search results. If you can password protect it, choose a strong password. Io T devices are notorious for shipping with default passwords that are easily discovered by crooks.
Assume that using a default password with an an internet-connected device is the same as using no password at all.
We pulled the plug and pt the camera back in the box.. My privacy, my house, my personal stuff and myself… Hamer says that a month or two ago, she picked up a Wi-Fi enabled camera to keep an eye on the house.
That suave chat is a translation of what webcam owner and shocked F-bomb flinger Rilana Hamer, of the Netherlands, related in a 1 October Facebook post.
But that’s when the hacker who’d taken control of the webcam decided to ramp up the interactive aspect of his creepiness with a greeting: What restraint! Over dinner, a friend wondered how it was possible. This time, it tried out its Google Translate Spanish: Whenever stories like this emerge we ask ourselves: is it real or could it be a hoax? It only took a minute before her chatty hacker was back—well, if not the bonjour guy, then another guy, who knows?Follow @Lisa Vaas Follow @Naked Security I've been writing about technology, careers, science and health since 1995.I rose to the lofty heights of Executive Editor for e WEEK, popped out with the 2008 crash, joined the freelancer economy, and am still writing for my beloved peeps at places like Sophos's Naked Security, CIO Mag, Computer World, PC Mag, IT Expert Voice, Software Quality Connection, Time, and the US and British editions of HP's Input/Output.