The problem with connecting more and more things to the internet is that more and more things are then more and more vulnerable to being attacked by unkind people.
Our family were recently devastated by a DDoS attack on our toaster.
As your family would be too: we weren’t able to have breakfast. Apparently, the attack was launched through a cereal port.
Sorry not sorry.
The latest of these things that I read about is a camera. A Canon EOS 80D, in fact.
But fortunately, not actually mine.
Vulnerabilities in the image transfer protocol used in digital cameras enabled a security researcher to infect with ransomware a Canon EOS 80D DSLR over a rogue WiFi connection.
A host of six flaws discovered in the implementation of the Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP) in Canon cameras, some of them offering exploit options for a variety of attacks.
The final stage of an attack would be a complete takeover of the device, allowing hackers to deploy any kind of malware on the camera.
Reading through the article on bleepingcomputer.com, it seems that I am safe from this sort of thing, thanks to my not connecting my equipment to random, free wifi hotspots.
But I will be updating my camera’s firmware to the latest, safer version, as soon as it becomes available in SA.
And that only leaves the viruses in the iron to sort out.