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AUTHOR SUBJECT: SILICON IMAGING SI2K AND RANSOMWARE
DARANGULAFILM
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Posted: 5/14/2017 1:04:27 AM
Ransomware and windows xp.

It is a scary thought but maybe the SI2K's XPe operating system could be affected by this particular malware. I am too technically illiterate to know, so my comments should not be taken as valid. I would hope that the SI software protection of the camera operating system prevents this new threat from taking root.

For the time being it would probably be prudent for the cameras and recorders to be quarantined from unprotected computers which remain connected to the internet and that internet computers have their system update function for Windows enabled.

There has been a software patch for embedded Windows XP provided freely by Microsoft although Windows XP itself is now EOL and normally only supported by custom contracts between existing large scale users and Microsoft.

Because the SI version of Windows XPe and the embedded applications on the P S Technik camera-recorder are highly customised and protected, it might not be affected. I have not used or installed the PC or laptop versions so I don't know if the SI system protection is also available on them.

Until I can enquire with Ari Presler at SI or P S Technik, I shall endeavour to keep my camera-recorder and editing computer quarantined with courier drives like USB sticks or portable drives used only on a one-way path from the camera-recorder and editor.

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Posted: 5/14/2017 8:31:52 AM
 I have been in touch with Ari Presler relating to the P S Technik/Silicon Imaging camera-recorder and there is re-assuring news.

His reply conveyed that the operating system is locked down pretty well. One does not typically use the system to to go browse the Internet or email. "You can't change the registry unless you remove the lock to install new software."

I was concerned about re-using courier drives or USB sticks back to the camera-recorder if they had been in contact with a computer linked to the web.

"Even if something gets in during one execution you simply reboot the system and you're back to the same starting point. That was one of the reasons we put in the whole operating system embedded lock."

Historically, my camera-recorder has recovered from a few abuses, disconnected power whilst shooting, a dud drive and a remote camera disconnect. A reboot, normal shutdown and reboot to re-establish stability has been all it took to bring it back.

With systems using a tethered camera feeding a laptop/notebook recorder with Silicon DVR installed as an application, operating within Windows XP under Windows 7, then it would be appropriate to enable Windows security updates for the primary operating system.

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Posted: 5/15/2017 10:33:18 AM
Wow unreal... Hope your camera won't get highjacked, Robert!
The more evolved technology gets, the more fragile it becomes... That sucks.

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Posted: 5/16/2017 9:54:29 AM
My SI2K is unlikely to get hijacked as it is the self-contained camera-recorder, not the mini-head tethered to a laptop/notebook.

A 4K cam would be nice and not attached to a computer ecosystem but one can forever be playing catchup as the rate of change and obsolescence is lightning-fast these days.

With Quantum computering apparently just around the corner, who knows where computer and camera tech are headed next.

With the Metabones Speedbooster for BMPCC modded to fit the IMS-Mount, except for being limited to 2K apparent resolution, the SI2K can emulate the look of Super16mm or 35mm well enough for my purposes.





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