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"Police body cams found pre-installed with notorious Conficker worm",ArsTechnica

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#1 Dazzzler


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Posted 15 November 2015 - 05:38 AM

US-based iPower Technologies has discovered that body cameras sold by Martel Electronics come pre-infected with the Conficker worm (Win32/Conficker.B!inf).

The specific line of body cameras iPower tested, is the same one sold to police forces around the US, used by street patrol officers and SWAT team members in their operations.

The model, Frontline Body Camera, is attached to an officer's chest and works by recording his activities on video, his location using a GPS tracker, and taking regular snapshots as images.

The camera records data on an internal drive, from where the officer or his supervisors can download it onto a computer via a USB cable.

According to iPower's account, this is where they've spotted the infection.

Read more : http://news.softpedia.com/news/police-body-cameras-shipped-with-pre-installed-conficker-virus-496177.shtml

Edited by hamluis, 17 November 2015 - 01:09 PM.
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Posted 15 November 2015 - 08:19 AM



The inf part of the signature name indicates that an autorun.inf file was detected. This is one way that Conficker uses to spread.

In case of a real infection, the Conficker executable (PE file) should also be detected. This doesn't look to be the case here. What probably happened is that the camera was connected via USB to an old computer infected with Conficker, which "infected" the camera. Then the camera was connected via USB to another computer with AV, which detected and removed the Conficker executable, but not the autorun.inf file.

And then the camera came into the hands of the company whose AV detected the autorun.inf and then proceeded to released this press release to warn us about IoT devices.


Conficker is Windows malware. Most IoT devices run Linux.

Edited by Didier Stevens, 15 November 2015 - 08:20 AM.

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Posted 15 November 2015 - 11:18 AM

The detection name is used by Microsoft.

The company's IT team was evaluating a new batch of body cameras they had just received from Martel, and after unwrapping and connecting one to a computer, they were alerted by their security solution of the Conficker infection.

This company uses MSE for Business (or something like that)?

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Posted 17 November 2015 - 09:57 AM

One of the world's most prolific computer worms has been found infecting several police body cameras that were sent to security researchers, the researchers reported.

According to a blog post published last week by security firm iPower, multiple police cams manufactured by Martel Electronics came pre-installed with Win32/Conficker.B!inf. When one such camera was attached to a computer in the iPower lab, it immediately triggered the PC's antivirus program. When company researchers allowed the worm to infect the computer, the computer then attempted to spread the infection to other machines on the network.

Thread: http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/11/police-body-cams-found-pre-installed-with-notorious-conficker-worm/

For those who don't know what Conficker is.


This doesn't surprise me, since I still get from time to time Conficker detection in our firewall (yes, it's still out there).

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Posted 17 November 2015 - 12:11 PM

I should be surprised that they came infected from a supplier to the police force.

However having had dealings with the police here in the UK I am not.

Just wish they would learn how to implement proper safeguards everywhere.

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