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Is Your WiFi Enabled Canon DSLR Spying On You?

There is a security issue when using WiFi on a Canon (or other brand) camera. The rather long and very geeky video above explains it all. The WiFi issue could allow someone to steal photos from your camera, or let hackers upload images on the camera. But most scaring: one could get in control of you camera and use as a spy camera (through Live View mode)

Daniel Mende and Pascal Turbing, both researchers at the German-based IT consulting firm ERNW, discussed their findings in a presentation at last month’s SchmooCon 2013 hacker convention. They used a Canon EOS-1D X (price & specs) to show the issue. If you are not in the mood to watch the 53 minutes video, then the sum-up of YouTube user BobHousedorf2 is the least you should know:

OK, so I watched your WHOLE presentation. Basically, it comes down to:


If you buy a new Canon 6D, USE WEP, or, if the 6D doesn’t support WEP, don’t buy it.

(Or if it doesn’t support some form of advanced network connection encryption, like WPA)

Well, yes, basically: use WEP or WPA if possible. I suggest you have a look at the video, it is instructing although probably longer than needed. So before shooting your WiFi enabled Canon EOS 6D check that all settings are ok. :-)

Canon EOS 6D price check: Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, Canon USA Canon EOS-1D X price check: Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, Canon USA [BoingBoing via Imaging Resource]

  • JT

    lol.. paranoid people everywhere.

    hurry call the press: WIFI can be hacked if not properly setup!!!


  • Daniel Mende

    I think youre missing the point. All i wanted to say with my talk was, all of the network modes of recent canon DSLRs are insecure. Even the PTP/IP (aka. canon utility mode), which got authentication built in, is used in an unsecure manner. Please, do not read the bottom line just as ‘use WEP’ [btw. WEP can be broken in seconds, see, but be aware, that the network modes of the cam are insecure. If you know that fact and use the cam in trustworthy networks, there is no problem. but if you use them in a public network, like a hotspot, even WPA wont secure you from this kind of attacks.

    So, please do NOT spread the ‘use WEP’ word, as this is total dumfuck. If you want a TLDR, better say ‘use WPA’ or even better ‘use WPA and only connect to trusted networks’.



    • Admin

      Thanks for pointing this out!

    • F.K.

      Nice job Daniel. It’s hard to understand how canon engineers can release this poor security implementation with no worries at all. Eager to see what you find when you get your hands on that 6D.

  • thomas

    ANOTHER good reason to use a lens cap!

  • Jeff

    Or, you could just turn wifi off.

    Occam’s Razor – simplest solution is often the best.

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