Baby monitor hack leads to kidnap scare for Texas couple

HOUSTON, Texas -- A Texas couple got a terrible scare when they heard a strange man's voice on one of their baby monitors, threatening to kidnap their newborn son.

The family said they have a network of Nest cameras set up in their home.

One recent night something strange happened.

They heard the system beeping and then a man's voice saying sexual expletives -- apparently in the baby's room.

"So we throw on the light in our room. He turned that camera on and said, 'Turn off the light,' and then said, 'I'm going to kidnap your baby - I'm in your baby's room,'" Ellen Rigney said.

The couple raced to the room, found their child safe and no one else there.

That's when they realized someone had hacked into their Wi-Fi network.

They have since gotten rid of the Wi-Fi cameras and switched to an offline closed-circuit system.

Police are now looking for the hacker.

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