Ransonware, the virus that hijacks files on your computer, may also target DSLR cameras. This is especially noteworthy because this malware often installs itself on computers with internet access and requires minimal conversation between the victim and the hacker. With different cameras, the vulnerability occurs by local connection via WiFi.
Check Point Research researchers found the vulnerability using Canon cameras in the tests. They used the transfer protocol called PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol), which is native to the camera, to be able to install the virus without major difficulties. Once connected to the camera via a computer, malware installation seems to happen quickly, encoding access to the device files, see the video below.
They warn that while testing was done on a camera DSLR, any other smart device that uses the same protocol, which is used by most other manufacturers' cameras, could be targeted by Ransomware.
The research not only served to discover that this possible evil, the research team contacted Canon demonstrating the vulnerabilities in detail, the company analyzed each of them and confirmed the security holes. In August of this year Canon released an official security package covering these flaws and protecting the system.
From the day Canon received the announcement until an update was released, the company took only five months.
The attack on DSLR cameras, and also mirrorless, is interesting to the intruder for the personal value that the images can have for the owner. If you do not pay the desired amount, the person will be without your files that you love so much. Also, from a professional point of view, you can leave a photojournalist without the great work you have done recently, and it fits in with other types of photographers. Not to mention the possibility of intimate images and other files with personal content.
For the attack, hackers just need to be close to the camera and it needs to be turned on with WiFi on, the malware installation, as already mentioned, happens quickly.
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