Canon cures security vulnerabilities in all cameras affected by malware risk

Canon cures security vulnerabilities in all cameras affected by malware risk
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Last August, a serious cybersecurity alert was issued as 30 Canon cameras were found susceptible to critical Wi-Fi and USB vulnerabilities, leaving them open to infection by ransomware – a type of malware whereby cyber-attackers can hold photos and videos taken on the camera to ransom. 

By November the number of affected Canon cameras was increased to 33 – and the core issue, a vulnerability in a standard communication protocol, potentially leaves cameras from other manufacturers vulnerable as well. For its part, though, Canon has been proactive in the process and has now released corrective firmware for all its affected cameras.  

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.