Cameras can also be infected with ransomware
Cameras are devices that we do not connect directly to the network, so they are theoretically protected against attacks. However, it turns out that you can also install malware and even ransomware on such equipment.
Researchers at Check Point Research have found that the PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol) is particularly sensitive to malware attacks, i.e. malware. The attack was carried out on a Canon EOS 80D. The researchers set up a WiFi access point and then implemented an exploit that got into the SD card on the camera and … encrypted all the photos.
As you can see in the picture and video below, you can even send a message to the victim that their files have been encrypted and now we demand ransom for them. Check Point adds that cameras can be a particularly desirable target for this type of attack, as there are often numerous personal photos on memory cards that the victim would not want to lose.
The company has already informed Canon about this problem. Canon, in turn, advised users not to use unsecured WiFi connections, disable network functions and install the appropriate software update. Security problems are unfortunately the bane of the network. Recently, it turned out that many Windows drivers are vulnerable, and fraudsters appearing in Poland impersonating the Patent Office.
It is difficult to defend against some threats, but it is definitely worth having a proper anti-virus program on your computer.
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