Now the DSLR cameras have also found their place in the brand new category of devices that have vulnerable ransomware attack. But Is it possible? Yes, it is a Virus on cameras using the Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP) which is unauthenticated is transferred by hackers.
Check Point Software Technologies were able to install malware remotely on a camera which was Canon EOS 80D DSLR that encrypted the pics which are stored on SD card.
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Picture Transfer Protocol was initially used just to transfer photos, but it can now be used for taking live photographs, upgrading camera firmware, among other things. The new camera has features which let you transfer images through WI-FI and here is the point where malicious users take advantage of. Imagine you are on a trip and you have taken a number of photographs with your family or friends which are obviously stored in your SD card. The consequence can be a hacker can remotely encrypt your SD Card and you will be unable to access the photos unless you pay the hacker.
To avoid your camera from being victim Follow these steps
- Always make sure that you are having a camera with latest firmware installed.
- When not in use turn off camera wifi.
- Rather than connecting your camera to a public Wi-Fi network, prefer using the camera as the Wi-Fi access point.
Camera should always be updated from time to time by latest versions. Piracy and breach of data is a boon nowadays. It's important to be aware for the user to keep their personal data confidential and safe….