Check Point has found several firmware vulnerabilities in Canon DSLR cameras. These affect Picture Transfer Protocole (PTP), the process used to transfer pictures from the camera to the computer.
As the process is an industry standard, it is believed that these problems may be present in more devices than those found in the Japanese brand camera.
Security holes have been discovered in both USB cable and Wi-Fi transfer. This allows both cameras and personal computers to be infected with ransomware, which can lead to photo theft and extortion and hacking. blackmail by hackers.
Prior to the public announcement of these issues, Canon was alerted to the matter and worked closely with Check Point to correct them.
In a statement posted on its website, in addition to the firmware update, the brand recommends that users do not connect cameras to devices that are connected to insecure networks and / or may have been exposed to viruses and to keep the machine's connectivity turned off when not in use. to be needed.