Horror stories can be found in the most unlikely places but most of us don’t expect scares when we’re reading Amazon reviews.
Dahlia Adler, a writer of fiction, discovered the truth is sometimes even stranger when she went online and attempted to find a replacement baby monitor. She posted the review she found on Twitter with the caption: “This review is the creepiest horror story I have ever read.” The review reads as follows:
We loved and used this camera for a couple months and it does perform very well. However my wife, while breastfeeding our baby, just watched the camera led start flashing and another woman’s voice asked ‘wheres that baby?’ IN THE PITCH BLACK DARK OF NIGHT AT 4 AM!
The reviewer claims the device is easily hacked before begging others not to make the same mistake, adding:
The thing that scares us the most is that someone has been watching and listening and possibly even talking to our baby, and we would never have found out if she hadn’t seen and heard it.
Astonishingly this is not the only incident of its kind in recent months. In December, something similar occurred when an eight-year-old was screamed at by a hacker and instructed to mess up her room and break the television.
Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse, it appears the world has officially become a horror film.
All of this raises some interesting issues relating to privacy. Technology has never been more advanced and yet hackers are breaking into home security cameras in a way that is genuinely frightening.
Cybersecurity experts have said that such incidents aren’t that difficult to pull off since people regularly use passwords that are easily guessed. The top tips for avoiding such a fate include going with a big name company, upgrading to a cloud-based system, complex passwords and two-factor authentication. It’s not rocket science but it can make the difference for those looking to ensure peace of mind.
It’s an intriguing paradox, we have more surveillance than ever before and yet this has ended up posing fresh dangers to the children of today.