Security firm iPower reported that it has found the Conficker worm pre-installed on police body cameras manufactured by Martel Electronics.
It found the Win32/Conficker.B!inf version of the worm, which when allowed to infect a computer tried to spread to other machines on the test network.
iPower said it tried to contact Martel, but the company has yet to officially acknowledge the security vulnerability.
“iPower President, Jarrett Pavao, decided to take the story public due to the huge security implications of these cameras being shipped to government agencies and police departments all over the country,” the company said on its blog.
Ars Technica reported that the Conficker worm is one of the world’s most prolific pieces of malicious software, with researchers still not sure what its purpose is.
The worm set up a number of significant botnets, but its operators were never observed using the worm to steal personal data.