Mother Says Webcam in Daughters’ Bedroom Was Hacked
A mother in Houston, Texas, said her worst fears had come true after she found out someone hacked into a webcam that was set up in her two daughters’ bedroom.
Footage captured from the webcam was live-streamed online for possibly thousands of people to see.
According to the mother, identified only as Jennifer, she set up the cameras as a security measure.
“We have security cameras to protect them,” Jennifer, a mother of three, told ABC News. “I feel like I’ve failed. … People are watching my kids in their home, dressing, sleeping, playing.”
Jennifer found out about the live stream after a friend told her someone had posted a screenshot of the video of the girls’ room to a Houston-area mothers’ Facebook group.
“I was in tears, thinking of the violation [the parents] must feel,” Shelby Ivie, who lives in Oregon, told ABC. Ivie was the one who posted the picture to the group.
“I basically spent my entire Sunday at home sharing it to every Houston page I could think of,” Ivie added to local station KTRK. “I shared it on several news sites. I shared it to a bunch of Houston moms/Texas groups in hopes that social media would take it from there.”
— Houston News (@abc13houston) August 11, 2016
One of Jennifer’s friends saw the image posted online and informed her.
Ivie said she saw the live feed of the girls’ room on the free app Live Camera Viewer.
“It had been running since July 27, maybe even longer,” Jennifer said.
“They had  likes,” she added, “so I know for a fact 571 people have been staring at my kids, probably more.”
It is unclear who posted the live stream or why it was on the app. Jennifer said a security company she asked for help traced the hack back to an online computer game her daughter had been playing.
Jennifer added that the girls are no longer allowed to use the Internet.
Jennifer’s story comes just weeks after Facebook’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg was photographed with tape over his webcam. His microphone port was also covered with tape.
— Kevin Green (@MySOdotCom) August 9, 2016
FBI Director James Comey also said he places tape over his webcam. Jennifer said that she believes her computer, and network, might have been hacked after one of her daughters played a computer game online.
“I saw something in the news, so I copied it. I put a piece of tape—I have obviously a laptop, personal laptop—I put a piece of tape over the camera. Because I saw somebody smarter than I am had a piece of tape over their camera,” Comey said earlier this year.