Researchers Show Wi-Fi Cameras Can Be Turned into Spying Devices
March 26, 2013 10:04 AM
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Security researchers offer tips to secure your device
Ever since the Eye-Fi Secure Digital Wi-Fi cards starting becoming popular with consumers, more consumer-grade cameras have included Wi-Fi functionality built-in. Wi-Fi allows the user to automatically upload photographs to their computer or photo sharing sites as soon as they are taken.
The problem with cameras that have Wi-Fi, according to some security researchers, is that the Wi-Fi capability has security flaws that can be easily exploited allowing the cameras to be turned into spying devices by nefarious users.
Daniel Mende and Pascal Turbing from a German IT consulting firm called ERNW demonstrated their attack, the researchers used the Canon EOS-1D X D-SLR camera. The researchers exploited each of the four ways that the camera is able to communicate with the network.
According to the researchers, they were able to intercept the information sent from the camera and also managed to gain complete control of the camera itself.
The researchers offered a video showing how they exploited the camera via attacks and offer advice for users of Wi-Fi equipped cameras to secure their data which you can view below:
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3/26/2013 11:14:42 AM
My DSLR doesn't do WiFi.
Makes me really glad I can't afford the $6500 that one of those cameras cost...
3/26/2013 1:43:09 PM
Or how about the $100 for a Eye-fi cards? My camera doesn't have wi-fi but I can buy one of those SD cards and it's fully capable.
3/26/2013 2:13:39 PM
Not to mention if the camera is off the Eye-fi card gets no power and can't transmit anything. Which is kind of a pain if you actually DO want to transfer things and your camera has a rediculously short power-down time to save battery.
Otherwise I love my Eye-fi even if everything it can do my phone with Dropbox can do better.
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