By Larisa Brown for the Daily Mail
Published: 00:00 GMT, 3 March 2020 | Updated: 02:49 GMT, 3 March 2020
Baby monitors and smart security cameras used in homes risk being hacked by cyber criminals, security chiefs warn today.
They fear weak passwords can allow online attackers to control wireless cameras and spy on families in their homes.
These cameras, and baby monitors linked to the internet, are 'vulnerable' to attack, said the National Cyber Security Centre.
In an unprecedented warning, chief executive Ciaran Martin said: 'We are bringing more of these things into the home and that brings new vulnerabilities.
On December 4 eight-year-old Alyssa LeMay was startled by a hacker's voice talking to her through a smart camera's intercom feature as she played in her bedroom in Mississippi, U.S.
'People will be concerned about privacy. If you take control of a camera, you can do whatever that camera can do. It can allow you to look around the home.
'If there are minors, they can be seen.' He added this did not mean children could be physically harmed: 'It doesn't turn into a weapon, it just means the attacker can control the camera.'
Advice to consumers to keep their devices safe includes using stronger passwords. 'This is about good housekeeping, it is not about panicking