If You Value Your Photos, Here’s a Good Reason to Turn Off Your Camera’s Wifi
By now, most people who spend any time online know the importance of ensuring their software is up to date, using an antivirus app, and avoiding the darker corners of the internet to avoid getting infected by malware that locks your files until a ransom is paid. But don’t assume it’s just your computer being targeted; your fancy digital camera and all your precious photos could be at risk as well.
In a report released by security firm Check Point Software Technologies for Def Con 2019, the company’s researchers used details revealed through Magic Lantern, a third-party firmware alternative for Canon DLSRs that unlocks additional functionality, to find and exploit vulnerabilities in the camera maker’s Picture Transfer Protocol that allows images to be transferred to other devices over a USB cable or wifi.
As demonstrated in a video using a Canon 80D DSLR with wifi turned on, the researchers were able to install ransomware directly onto the camera. This not only encrypted the contents of its SD card, including photos and videos, but also locked the camera itself, rendering it useless until a requested ransom is paid and an unlock code is shared with the affected user.
Thankfully, Check Point didn’t have nefarious intention