A Mississippi family experienced the nightmarish side of home tech advancements when a pedophile hacked into the security camera in their 8-year-old’s bedroom and used it to talk to her.
The LeMay family says they had just installed a Ring security camera in their little girl’s room four days earlier. “I did a lot of research on these before I got them. You know, I really felt like it was safe,” said Ashley LeMay, according to WMC5.
The camera, which she’d purchased to help protect her three daughters while she worked overnight shifts as a nurse, even came with a hearty recommendation from a friend.
“She had one and she was like watching her kids on her phone and I was like ‘oh you can actually speak to them. That’s really neat’,” said LeMay.
But earlier this month, the same features that were meant to give LeMay peace of mind were used by an unidentified hacker to watch and speak to her daughter.
In a chilling clip from the LeMay family’s security footage, their little girl is seen in her room when mysterious music starts playing from the Ring. A man’s voice is then heard saying, “Hello there.”
During another clip, the voice is heard saying, “I’m your best friend. I’m Santa Claus.” When the terrified little girl begins crying for her mother, the monster on the other end of the camera asks her, “don’t you want to be my best friend?”
Each time I've watched this video it's given me chills.
A Desoto County mother shared this Ring video with me. Four days after the camera was installed in her daughters' room she says someone hacked the camera & began talking to her 8-year-old daughter.
— Jessica Holley (@Jessica_Holley) December 10, 2019
“You can do whatever you want right now,” he says in another clip. “You can mess up your room. You can break your TV.”
“First, what happened I was in the hallway I thought it was my sister because I hear music. It’s like ‘tiptoe through the window.’ So I come upstairs and I hear some banging noise and I am like ‘who is that’,” LeMay’s daughter said.
“I watched the video and I mean my heart just like… I didn’t even get to the end where she is screaming ‘mommy, mommy’ before I like ran inside,” said LeMay, whose husband was home with the girls while she ran errands.
“They could have watched them sleeping, changing. I mean they could have seen all kinds of things,” LeMay continued. “Honestly, my gut it makes me feel like it’s either somebody who knows us or somebody who is very close by.”
LeMay told news outlets that the camera was promptly disconnected and returned to the store.
“My main thing was not knowing who it was, them having my home address and then them trying to gain my daughter’s trust,” said LeMay. “It almost made me feel like – and maybe I’m exaggerating – but it also made me worried that she could be kidnapped or anything like that.”
LeMay isn’t exaggerating one bit. As we’ve frequently reported, traffickers are incredibly crafty and ruthless in their methods of capturing innocent children to sell into a life of sex slavery. Absolutely no precaution is too much when you’ve got children to protect.
Although it is investigating the incident, Ring claims that this was not a true “hack” of their system but instead a common case of stolen login credentials.
“Due to the fact that customers often use the same username and password for their various accounts and subscriptions, bad actors often re-use credentials stolen or leaked from one service on other services,” said a statement from Ring according to USA Today. “As a precaution, we highly and openly encourage all Ring users to enable two-factor authentication on their Ring account, add Shared Users (instead of sharing login credentials), use strong passwords and regularly change their passwords.”
“Even if you have all those things,” LeMay counters, “you are not 100% safe.”
Truer words cannot be spoken.
Our culture’s wholehearted embrace of sexual perversion has left virtually no safe place for children in the public square, but there’s something especially heinous about a predator having the ability to access a child in their own home.
I shudder to think of what this pervert could have seen in the four days before deciding to make contact with this poor girl. It’s just too much to bear.
But just think: if this same man had opted instead to become a storytelling drag queen and invite children to crawl and lay on top of him at a public library, he’d have the acceptance and adoration of his community.
Child predation is being normalized in our country, and those who seek to gain from this are taking full advantage, one way or another.
Where does this insanity end?!
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