The new tweets on the compromised page will contain sexually suggestive photos and shortened links, using either Bitly or Google's URL shorteners, and redirect users to the adult sites, according to the post.
The links also include an affiliate tag which identifies where traffic originates from.
Instead, the voice was coming from the camera-equipped baby monitor overlooking the infant’s crib.
Gilbert’s baby monitor was hacked in August 2013 and since then reports of unwanted intrusions through Internet-connected devices have proliferated. consumer watchdog launched an investigation this week into four of the baby monitor companies that it believes are compromising the safety of children.
“If a user visits the compromised profile, they will see tweets that claim to offer free sign-ups to watch ‘hot shows' over webcam, or dates and sexual encounters,” researchers wrote.
This month, an online search engine called Shodan, originally set up in 2009 to provide feeds from web-connected CCTV cameras and webcams, made it inadvertently possible for people to view sleeping children through vulnerable smart baby monitors. Tech & Science delivered to your inbox“Over the past few years, the hacking of baby monitors has become an increasingly disturbing problem,” Julie Menin, head of the investigation at New York’s Department of Consumer Affairs, tells .
“In one instance a couple in Indiana heard someone singing The Police’s ‘Every Breath You Take’ to their baby and making sexual noises through the monitor.”[Related: How to Protect Baby Monitors from Hackers]The sexual aspect of such hacks is of “incredible concern” to Menin and she hopes the investigation will force companies to be held accountable for potentially deceptive claims that the devices help to keep babies safe.
Rigo was given a 40-week suspended prison sentence, placed on the Sex Offenders Register for seven years and ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work by magistrates in Leeds after he admitted voyeurism at a previous hearing, the agency confirmed.
A spokesman said Rigo was arrested in November last year as part of an international operation targeting users of software designed to remotely take over, control and steal information from computers.