/Hackers could use Wi-Fi to install ranomware on DSLR cameras

Hackers could use Wi-Fi to install ranomware on DSLR cameras

The way cameras share data could be vulnerable

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Digital cameras with built-in Wi-Fi let people quickly send images to other devices. But a vulnerability in the process could leave people’s cameras exposed.

Eyal Itkin at Israel-based firm Check Point found that the way cameras transfer information – the Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP) – could be exploited.

An external device, such as a laptop, uses PTP to ask the camera for pictures and other information such as battery level, and the camera responds with the requested information.

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