Ransomware has become one of the most dreaded viruses in recent times. It has already affected personal computers, hospitals, banks, etc and creates a major problem for those people and organizations.
Now Security researchers at Check Point discovered that even cameras (some DSLR and mirrorless cameras) are vulnerable to the Ransomware. Hackers could use the camera’s Wi-Fi to install malware into the camera.
The security researchers blamed the camera’s Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP) for installing malware as it is not authenticated or encrypted in any way. In a video, researchers try to hack the Canon EOS 80D camera and exploit the photos.
In a video, the researchers showed how to inject the malware using camera’s (Canon EOS 80D) Wi-Fi and encrypt the images on the SD card, so that it becomes unusable for the users unless they paid a certain ransom (amount).
“We take them to every important life event, we bring them on our vacations, and we store them in a protective case to keep them safe during transit,” they write. “Cameras are more than just a tool or toy; we entrust them with our very memories, and so they are very important to us.”