Thursday, August 15, 2013

Stranger Invades Texas Home though Baby Monitor

 In a story that has made national . . . actually, international! . . . news this week, a Houston family faced a terrifying threat to their sense of security thanks to a baby monitor and a stranger with sinister intentions. Maybe as you've checked on your own sleeping infant in the past, you've heard the conversations of your neighbors who have their own monitors come through one of your devices. That crossing of traffic happens sometimes. This story will make you wish that overhearing another mom's off-key "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" was your only concern.

Marc Gilbert heard a strange voice coming from the bedroom of his two-year-old daughter. The unknown man was using vulgar language and addressing Gilbert's young girl by name. As Gilbert and his wife made a quick walk to determine what was happening in the room of their sleeping child, they realized that the stranger was not standing in their home but instead tracking their moves through an internet camera that they had set up to watch over their girl. And, as they entered the room, the camera zoomed in to focus on them.

Gilbert unplugged the system immediately and has pledged not to make his family vulnerable to hackers in this manner again. He shares that he did everything right, by creating passwords and establishing the firewall, but some person bent on at best the cruelest of practical jokes and at worst a scenario much more horrific to conceive managed to find his way into the home, at least virtually, anyway.

As a parent, one of your most important roles is to protect your children. You teach them how to be careful when talking to strangers and how to cross a busy street, and you provide a home that is intended to keep out harm. Sometimes the threat to your family's safety comes in the form of a camera hacker. Other times, it unfortunately can stem from a volatile relationship issue within the family. If the latter sounds familiar in your world, we can help.

Bertolino LLP has attorneys who specialize in the emotional area of family law. If you are dealing with a situation that threatens your child's sense of safety and well-being, please give our office a call and we can discuss your legal options for creating a better life for your family.

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