How Wi-Fi Can Be Used to Hack Your Camera

Now that so many cameras are able to talk over wi-fi, security researchers have shown the connection isn't secure

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These days, it seems that every camera, from the cheapest compact to high-end DSLR, all feature a wi-fi connection for beaming images and commands back and forth. But a recent presentation at hacker conference Shmoocon showed just how insecure that connection can be. In fact, a knowing hacker could take complete control of your camera.

You can watch the entire hour-long presentation below, but Help Net Security has a bit of a rundown of the particulars.

But, as proven by Daniel Mende and Pascal Turbing, security researchers with German-based IT consulting firm ERNW, these capabilities also have security flaws that can be easily exploited for turning these cameras into spying devices.

Mende and Turbing chose to compromise Canon's EOS-1D X DSLR camera an exploit each of the four ways it can communicate with a network. Not only have they been able to hijack the information sent from the camera, but have also managed to gain complete control of it.

The exploit means that images could be intercepted coming from a camera, or the entire camera could be hijacked and used remotely. Their advice on how to prevent it essentially boils down to the same security information that applies to all wi-fi networks. Only join up networks you trust, use a good password, and use a well secured network.

So no more jumping on free Starbucks wi-fi with your camera.

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