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Canon Wi-Fi Connected DSLRs Have Serious Flaw, Security Company Finds

A security company managed to install ransomware on a Wi-Fi connected Canon DSLR and Canon has issued an official security advisory as a result.

|  Canon EOS 80D in Digital SLRs
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Canon has issued a security advisory for its Wi-Fi connected DSLRs after a security company managed to install ransomware on a Canon EOS 80D.

Security company Check Point Research revealed the critical flaw during hacking conference DEF CON. They were able to take full control of the DSLR using either a USB or Wi-Fi connection. Once taken over, ransomware was installed which encrypted the photos and demanded a ransom to free them. The hack was built through Magic Lantern, but Check Point believe similar flaws could exist for other brands, too. 

In response to this, Canon has given a security advisory encouraging people to ensure their firmware is up to date. Currently, there have been no confirmed cases of these vulnerabilities being used to cause harm, and Canon was informed of the issue long before the public announcement which gave them some time to fix it.


Canon's tips to stay safe when transferring images:

  • Ensure the suitability of security-related settings of the devices connected to the camera, such as the PC, mobile device, and router being used.
  • Do not connect the camera to a PC or mobile device that is being used in an unsecure network, such as in a free Wi-Fi environment.
  • Do not connect the camera to a PC or mobile device that is potentially exposed to virus infections.
  • Disable the camera’s network functions when they are not being used.
  • Download the official firmware from Canon’s website when performing a camera firmware update.

(Via PetaPixel)

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