Police are just one of many organisations that are using technology to help their everyday activities. One of these pieces of technology is body cameras, small devices which can record a policemen’s actions, allowing them to operate and display both their and others actions in court at a later date. With many police forces making these required pieces of technology and disciplining officers who turn them off it is a serious issue when these devices are exploited or misused. So what happens when they are installed with viruses?
Martel Body Cameras are supplied with GPS and are sold and marketed for use by official police departments. It would seem though that users who plug in these devices get more than they bargained for when iPower Technologies began testing the devices.
iPower Technologies are a network integrator looking at creating a cloud-based system for storing police and government videos, so during the course of their testing of products they quickly discovered something shocking. The Martel body camera came pre-installed with Win32/Conflicker.B!inf virus, a worm.
The worm in question, once unleashed, automatically spreads across the network and the internet attempting to spread it to other systems, a serious impact if the systems are meant to be secure, as government agencies expect of theirs. iPower have since contacted Martel but are yet to receive an official acknowledgement of the problem, as such they have released the information regarding this matter in a blog post. They state that the reason they have released the information is due to the severity of the security implications that these devices pose with their presence within government and police forces around the US.
Below you can find the video iPower posted showing that their anti-virus does in fact pick up and contain this worm.
In a breakthrough for artificial intelligence research, a digital clone of the mind of a roundworm (C. Elegans) has been uploaded into a robotic body made from LEGO, as part of the Open Worm Project.
Once the software facsimile of the worm brain was integrated into the LEGO robot it, with no additional programming, exhibited behaviour consistent with the C. Elegans species, avoiding obstacles and attracted by food. The robot carries sensors that imitate the senses of a roundworm, bridged by software modelled on a worm’s nervous system.
Stephen Larson, the project’s co-ordinator, told US news network CNN, “We’ve been working on it for four years and while we have a lot more to achieve it’s been the most surprising project I’ve been involved in. It’s certainly exceeded my expectations.”
The research teams says that it will take some time for the robot to learn to avoid predators or search for a mate, but that the progress made so far bodes well for the future.
“We definitely have further to go, but I think what captures people’s imagination is how much information we have managed to put together,” said Larson.
There are some sick people out there, people that try to take advantage of poor souls that do not know and understand computers. Today I happened upon a friends computer that had this strange image posted up on his screen. Once you start up the computer you are unable to access task manager or exit out of the program. Essentially the computer is locked down tight, and this particular virus can infect your entire network.
What is it? You might ask, or perhaps you know. This warning is not real, it is fake, it is a virus called Ransomware. Ransomware first showed up in 1989, in which it would have you send $189 to a P.O. Box in Panama. Today ransomware has you pay with a non-traceable MoneyPak card.
NBC Washington recently reported that ransomware has done some good, tricking Jay Matthew Riley, 21, of Woodbridge, Virginia, a child abuse image collector from the United States into turning himself in. Ransomware tells the user that they have been using their computers for illegal activities and that they can pay a nominal fee to make it all go away. Riley hauled his computer down to a local police department turning himself in. Police then looked over his computer finding images of underage girls, which warranted a search of his home. Police found several devices, which had more illegal images. Riley is currently being held without bail.
So if you see this image or an image like it pop up on your computer, you can check out Microsoft’s official website for tips on how to protect yourself, as well as removing this nasty software. But if you are an online law breaker, make sure you grab your computer and take it down to the local police department and save us all the trouble.
Do you use Malwarebytes? If so you are among millions of customers of the Anti-Malware software distributor. Many of us monitor and repair our own computers, and we use largely known companies to keep our computers safe and secure. Unfortunately, every once in awhile there is a glitch which causes major issues for our computers, such as how Malwarebytes released an update which made our computers think that Windows was attacking Windows! Even though you might think that the Windows operating system is a virus, or acts like a virus from time to time, we don’t want Malwarebytes or any other software for that matter to delete our windows. The update did just that.
On April 15 at approximately 3 P.M. (PDT) Malwarebytes was updated, this update disabled thousands of computers within just a few minutes. Though the issue was caught in the initial few minutes of the release the damage had already been done. A simple definitions update for Malwarebytes turned into a fatal application for your computer, attacking .exe and .dll files alike thinking that nearly all of the files in your computer were viruses. Malwarebytes acted swiftly in working to disable the update and removing it from their servers. Unfortunately the damage had already been done. And they have apologised for their mistake, taking the blame.
“I want to offer my sincere apology to our millions of customers and free users. I started this company because I thought everyone was entitled to malware-free computing. We acted overzealously in that mission and realize far superior procedures around updating are needed. More was expected of us, and we failed.” CEO Marcin Kleczynski posted on the official Malwarebytes forum
Thousands of computers being affected by this simple release is really devastating, we can only hope that Malwarebytes will test out the updates more thoroughly in the future. Of course we understand that they may have missed this issue, by trying to be the best anti-malware software out there, having the most current and up to date definitions available.
If you have been affected by the update, and you have not been able to fix your computer just yet, you can find repair information, and a tool HERE.
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