The use of body cameras by law enforcement is a controversial subject. While such technologies can help protect police officers by deterring inappropriate physical behavior and also give citizens who have been unjustly accused of crimes some means of evidence to the contrary, the issue of transparency around such footage is still in question.
A new, proposed policy, for example, will mandate that LAPD officers must release footage within 45 days, which will turn on its head current stipulations that footage is withheld unless critical to a court case.
Studies suggest that body cams have little effect on police abuse but footage may prove useful in criminal prosecutions, leading to the rapid adoption of such technologies.
Such technologies do not come without risk, however, and now it seems this potential evidence is now at risk of modification or outright deletion due to a multiple of vulnerabilities in body camera software.
Speaking at DefCon in Las Vegas, Josh Mitchell, Principal cybersecurity Consultant at Nuix outlined a variety of ways in which footage can be accessed remotely, potentially leading to the compromise of evidence.
As reported by Wired, Mitchell analyzed body camera models marketed specifically for law enforcement purposes by Axon’s Vievu, Patrol Eyes, Fire Cam, Digital Ally, and CeeSc.
In all cases with the exception of Digital Ally, security flaws existed which permitted the researcher to cause havoc, including…