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Not even your digital camera is safe from the threat of malicious computer bugs, according to security researchers.
In a report released earlier this week by analysts at Check Point Software Technologies, researchers detail how they were able to remotely install ransomware on a DSLR by exploiting the standardized Picture Transfer Protocol.
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The protocol, developed to allow the transfer of pictures from a camera to one's computer via WiFi is a particularly easy target according to researchers.
The program is unauthenticated -- meaning its not protected by password or other security measures -- and also able to be exploited through WiFi or USB.
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'Today’s cameras are embedded digital devices that connect to our computers using USB, and the newest models even support WiFi,' say the researchers.
'While USB and WiFi are used to import our pictures from the camera to our mobile phone or PC, they also expose our camera to its surrounding environment.'
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By leveraging PTP, researchers showed how they were able to gain access to the camera and install ransomware.
A bug designed by the analysts would encrypt images in the device at which...
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