The couple also noted that the night-vision lens was being controlled to follow their movements.
Terrified, the couple took immediate action and phoned Foscam, the manufacturer of the monitor, who explained it was possible their device was hacked and being controlled by someone using a smartphone app or laptop, KDVR reports.
Concerned that the hacker may have further intentions, the family has made safety a top priority in their home and is using their harrowing experience to inform others of the potential dangers of baby monitors.
According to CBS News, this type of crime is becoming more and more frequent. The Internet connection and smartphone capability that many baby monitors now come equipped with make it possible for strangers to hack the device.
Fox19 cites a solutions expert named Dave Hatter, who suggests changing both the Wi-Fi password and monitor’s camera password to two different codes, as well as installing any device updates available.