Hackers Can Grab Control Of Your Camera Via Its Wi-Fi SD Card

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Do you use an Eye-Fi or other wireless card to send pictures from your camera to your iPhone or iPad? Or maybe you have one of those fancy cameras with built-in wifi? Well, be careful: If the card’s network isn’t locked down, then it’s as vulnerable to hacking as an unsecured home network. And depending on your setup, attackers could gain access to your camera and its photos, and even seize control of the camera’s functions.

German researchers at the Shmoocon 2013 conference demonstrated the vulnerability using a Canon 6D SLR. Here’s the video of the hour-long presentation if you really want to watch…

http://youtu.be/u7RjJNLnWF8

… But the short form is that you should make sure your camera or card is locked down. Eye-Fi cards come password-protected by default, and you should make sure that the same is true whatever device you’re using. WPA is better, as I assume that WEP is as easy to crack on a camera as it is on a router. Then again, given the pitiful battery life of my GF1 when the Eye-Fi card is running inside it, I wonder if the power might run out before an attacker can brute-force his way in?

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