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A dangerous virus is infecting police body cams

A dangerous virus is infecting police body cams
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If anything good has come out of recent police brutality accusations, it's that an increasing number of police departments are equipping patrol cars with dash cams, and officers are wearing body cams.

The idea is to videotape police interaction with suspects. In cases like Michael Brown, a teen killed by a police officer, there was no footage to prove if the cop was justified in using force. The same is true for many other cases.

The cams will be helpful. However, it turns out that hackers are up to no good. In fact, some police departments have found that they've been infected by the most widespread worm in history, the Conficker malware.

When the body cam is connected to a computer, it immediately spreads to other computers. Conficker has been around for years. Since 2009, it has infected tens of millions of computers.

The body cam manufacturer, Martel, has yet to comment on Conficker malware in its devices. It is easily detected with a good security system, though.

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Source: The Register
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