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Wake up, daddy’s looking for you’: Creepy hacker accesses baby monitor and speaks to frightened tot at night

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Mum and dad left distraught after sick hacker spied on their three-year-old through their baby monitor

 

A horrified couple have revealed how a sick hacker gained remote access to their baby monitor, then spied on their toddler son and spoke to him as he lay in his cot.

The child’s terrified parents only realised what was happening when they heard a stranger’s voice coming over the device saying : “Wake up little boy, daddy’s looking for you.”

The mother then broke down in tears as the penny dropped the monitor and its camera had been remotely hacked.

Her shocking discovery came after the three-year-old had been complaining that somebody was talking to him at night.

The parents, who want to remain anonymous for fear the hacker might track them down, thought it was down to the toddler’s overactive imagination until they heard the voice themselves.

The mum told CBS New York.: “I started to cry in there, because it all started coming back to me, and I started figuring things out.”

Technology experts are now warning parents that new baby monitors are at risk of hacking as many connect to the internet.

Worried mums and dads are being urged to change passwords and security settingsto make it harder for sinister strangers to infiltrate their child’s bedroom.

In a chilling warning Lance Ulanoff, chief correspondent for the digital media website Mashable, said when hackers succeed: “It’s basically like they’re standing next to you in your house.”

This is not the first time parents have found hackers remotely accessing baby monitors.

In November last year, hacked footage from baby monitors, webcams and CCTV systems in Britain were broadcast live by a Russian website.

And earlier this year a nanny described the terrifying moment she heard a stranger’s voice from her baby monitor calling the little girl “cute.

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Airspy – Wideband Receiver

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Ok, so i’m still waiting the arrival of my new toy..  The Airspy – Wideband Receiver (available from here).

I will update with a couple of videos when I finally receive it…

What is Airspy?

Airspy is an advanced a very advanced software defined radio receiver capable of sampling 10MHz of spectrum anywhere between 24MHz and 1.8GHz – and even beyond with extensions. It is the only high performance wide band receiver solution in the market that’s yet affordable.

Technical specifications:

  • Continuous 24 – 1800 MHz RX range with no gaps
  • 3.5 dB NF between 42 and 1002 MHz
  • Tracking RF filters
  • 35dBm IIP3 RF front end
  • 12bit ADC @ 20 MSPS (80dB Dynamic Range, 64dB SNR, 10.4 ENOB) – Yeah, size does matter.
  • 10MSPS IQ output
  • Experimental 2.5MSPS IQ output for low power devices (Raspberry Pi, Odroid, etc.)
  • Up to 80 MSPS for custom applications
  • Cortex M4F @ up to 204MHz with Multi Core support (dual M0)
  • 1.5 ppm high precision, low phase noise clock
  • 1 RTC clock (for packet time-stamping)
  • External clock input (10 MHz to 100 MHz via MCX connector) – Ideal for phase coherent radios
  • 10 MHz panoramic spectrum view with 9MHz alias/image free
  • IQ or Real, 16bit fixed or 32bit float output streams
  • No IQ imbalance, DC offset or 1/F noise at the center of the spectrum that plagues all the other SDRs
  • Extension ports: 16 x SGPIO
  • 1 x RF Input (SMA)
  • 1 x RF Output (Loopthrough, U-FL)
  • 2 x High Speed ADC inputs (up to 80 MSPS, U-FL)
  • 4.5v software switched Bias-Tee to power LNA’s and up/down-converters
  • No drivers required! 100% Plug-and-play on Windows Vista, Seven, 8 and 8.1

Possible usages:

  • Radio surveillance,
  • Fast scanner,
  • Spectrum Analyzer,
  • Satellite IF,
  • Direction Finding,
  • Passive Radars,
  • ADS-B,
  • FM Radio,
  • Analog TV,
  • Digital Terrestrial TV,
  • Ham Radio,
  • Radio Astronomy,
  • Satellite base stations,
  • IF Panoramic adapter

Supported Software:

Supported platforms:

  • Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1 (XP works but it has been deprecated by Microsoft)
  • Linux
  • *BSD
  • OSX

Minimum hardware requirements:

  • 3rd gen Intel i3 2.4 GHz CPU or equivalent
  • 2GB of RAM (to run your own OS, airspy barely needs 1MB of memory)
  • High speed USB 2.0 controller

Developer API:

  • Open source multi-platform libairspy and airspy host tools at github
  • Open source airspy firmware at github
  • Linux kernel SDR API (by Antti Palosaari) at github
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