Terrified mum ‘hears man’s creepy comment about son on hacked baby monitor’
Kiara claims to have heard a man say ‘mmm…that’s a cute one’ over the baby monitor (Image: Kidspot)
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A mum was horrified when she heard a man's voice on her baby monitor say her son 'was a cute one'.
Kiara says she was woken up by the voice coming through her hacked baby monitor in the early hours of Octobrr 29, shortly after putting Zicko, who was born prematurely, to bed.
The mum-of-three had only been using the parenting gadget for a few weeks since her son began sleeping in his own room.
The Melbourne mum told Kidspot : "My partner Daniel and I were sleeping, everything was quiet and dark.
"Then I heard it, a really deep man’s voice that doesn’t belong to anyone that I know.
"I heard him say, ‘Mmm … that’s a cute one.’
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Kiara was terrified when she heard the voice through her mobile
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"I was frozen. I was so scared. I reached over to my partner and squeezed his arm so he would wake up."
Baby monitor developer Mirabella have said that the products are made to an international standard and there are no other reports of 'hacking'.
Kiara's partner, Daniel, began checking all the rooms in the house, but Kiara was convinced the sound had come from her phone, which was on her bedside table and connected to the monitor through the wi-fi.
The couple immediately unplugged the monitor and Kiara deleted the app from her phone.
The mum has been left horrified by the incident (stock photo)
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"I didn’t want to think about all the disgusting things that they were thinking of looking at my baby," she said.
Kiara said she spent a long time looking into different models before purchasing the Mirabella monitor from retailer Kmart.
She and Daniel had even taken steps to make sure the network was secure, setting new passwords for the monitor and app.
"I had heard of this stuff happening, but only in the movies," she said.
"I thought it would never happen to me, that’s why I was so shocked.”
After the incident, Kiara also recalled having previously heard other strange creaking noises coming from the camera late at night.
She said that, at the time, she thought the camera was simply shaking because it hadn't been mounted on Zicko's cot securely enough.
She even tried attaching it to an adjacent wall, but the noises continued.
Kiara took the monitor back to Kmart and told the store about the incident but says she hasn't heard anything since.
In a statement, Mirabella told Kidspot that the monitors are produced to “international standards for a global market”.
“The product has had excellent reviews, and to the best of its knowledge, the baby monitor is a secure device," it said.
It said that every device comes with a unique security key, inaccessible to others, and that the company is "unaware of any other hacking incident or vulnerability for its devices."