Is it possible for my digital camera to get a virus?

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  1. dannyeluciane

    dannyeluciane Registered Member

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    Hello everyone,
    I know this may be a silly question, but is it possible for my digital camera to get a virus if it is connected by USB to a computer that is infected? The camera has built in memory and a memory card.

    If it is possible for the camera to get a virus, is it also possible for it to spread the virus when you connect it to other computers?

    Thank you,
    Danny
     
  2. glitch

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    Yes that is possible when your computer is infected with the autorun virus it could spread via your camera.

    But it also depends on the camera. Some camera's are detected as an external harddrive/ usb drive these can be infected for sure.
     
  3. dannyeluciane

    dannyeluciane Registered Member

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    glitch,

    Thanks for the reply. I use a Kodak Easyshare C713. I don't know if it is detected as an external harddrive or usb drive.

    Does anyone know if Nod32 will protect my computer from a virus that may come from the digital camera?

    Thanks,
    Danny
     
  4. ASpace

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    Sure , if ESET can recognise the malware .

    In order to prevent threats that spread via removable media (such as flash drives , external drives , cameras :D , etc) , disabled the autorun of such devices . It is easy to achieve with the SHIFT key (on XP) or permanenly via your Group Policy

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autorun
     
  5. xan K

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    yeah, NOD32 does a great job at that. it has stopped hundreds of viruses trying to infect my PC from various USB devices (USB drives, cameras, Music Players, etc).
     
  6. dannyeluciane

    dannyeluciane Registered Member

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    HiTech_boy,

    I didn't realize that autorun could be a security threat. Thanks for the information. I disabled the autorun feature on my pc.
    Again thanks for the information,
    Danny :)
     
  7. dannyeluciane

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    Thank you for responding to my question.
    Great to hear that nod32 does a good job at stopping these types of infections. It is good to hear from someone who personally experienced Nod32 stopping viruses that are from USB drives, cameras, etc.

    Wouldn't it be something if cameras and usb devices came with a built in antivirus? Do not if it would be possible.

    Again, thank you for the information,
    Danny :)
     
  8. xan K

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    no problem at all. :)
    this is the most common way to infect a PC where I live. Every time I plug in an USB device I immediately expect the NOD32 little red alert screen. it has never failed. I could say that almost all USB devices in my town are pest infected. I don't think it affects the devices themselves (other than the size the virus occupy) but computers that they're plugged in to.
     
  9. krypton_harsh

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    A Software, Usb Disk Security can come in handy at this circumstance,

    give it a try, protects against 99% all USB Malware
     
  10. twl845

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    I would think that a virus/malware would have to be intended for the camera to penetrate it on purpose. If your photo editing app is infected, your pictures might get zapped when you upload them to the app. I use a card reader instead of plugging in the camera. That eliminates any possibility of your camera from getting zapped or corrupted. ;)
     
  11. krypton_harsh

    krypton_harsh Registered Member

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    modern day AUTOIT.XX and AUTORUN variants, have the potential of copying themselves to any "mass storage device" connected,

    these malware become active as soon as a mass storage device is connected and replicate on to them for spreading.

    its also possible even if u dont open u;r usb device and just plug it , couple of mins and unplug it,...thats enough,
     
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