The Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday ordered the manufacturer of a child monitoring device to improve its security after a hacker gained access to hundreds of video fees of private homes and posted them online.
According to the FTC, the feeds "displayed private areas of users' homes and allowed the unauthorized surveillance of infants sleeping in their cribs, young children playing and adults engaging in typical daily activities."
The enforcement action represented the agency's first crackdown on Internet-connected consumer devices. The company, TRENDnet, manufactured a camera called SecurView that consumers used for security, baby monitoring and other purposes.
But the FTC said the company failed to secure the product, allowing a hacker to gain access to private video feeds from 700 customers' homes.