Baby monitor hacked in Texas: What's the big deal? Why this dad is not concerned. A baby monitor, hacked and used to yell curse words at an infant, is the least of his worries.
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The Web is in a minor panic over an incident in Texas in which what is believed to be a webcam used as baby monitor was hacked, and curses were yelled at an infant.
The infant was born deaf, so she did not hear the hacker's abuse. By another happy twist of fate, the infant was also unable to comprehend language, so if she had been able to hear the things yelled at her, they would have registered as random bursts of noise.
It's easy to draw this incident into a greater collection of stories that illustrate something people like to call "the dangers of the Internet," a grab bag of incidents ranging from the real and serious (identity theft) to the sensational (high-profile government leaks) to the everyday, but legitimately worrisome (online bullying).
But as the father of an infant – and the owner of a video monitor – I can say that what happened in Texas is not only not a real danger of the Internet, it is literally my least greatest fear. I'd put it well down the list from diaper rash, and slightly lower than onesies with complicated systems of snaps.
For starters, baby monitor hijacking and subsequent verbal humiliation of the baby ("milk is for closers!") is a highly unusual occurrence, happening on a "slim-to-none" basis among all the millions of monitors sold and webcams pressed into service as monitors.