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This past weekend security researcher and “artful hacker” Mike Olsen discovered that surveillance cameras he purchased through Amazon were embedded with malware. Olsen had purchased the USG Sony Chip HD 6 Cameras, marketed as “Affordable High Definition CCTV Video Surveilance” to provide outdoor surveillance for a friend’s home. In keeping with the marketing pitch, he thought the 6 cameras and recording equipment were a good deal. 

WhatsApp’s billion plus users are now protected by end-to-end encryption. Every call, text message, photo, video, file, or voicemail sent using WhatsApp will be encrypted for all users by default. End-to-end encryption is a system of secure communication wherein only the people involved in the exchange can read the messages. 

Yesterday the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) issued a warning regarding ransomware. Their goal was to provide the public with information on ransomware, “specifically its main characteristics, its prevalence, variants that may be proliferating, and how users can prevent and mitigate against ransomware.” The warning comes after a number of hospitals have had their computer networks infected with ransomware. 

This week an article on CNBC’s Big Crunch blog attempted to promote password security but ended up compromising user passwords. Entitled “Apple and the Construction of Secure Passwords," the article offered users an opportunity to test their passwords for complexity. Users were encouraged to create passwords using a combination of upper- and lower-case letters, numbers, and symbols to make them harder to crack.

A number of smartphone apps can monitor the device’s microphone to detect audio signals embedded in TV advertising. The US Federal Trade Commission has sent warning letters to a dozen app developers who have included such software in existing apps. Known as SilverPush, the software is capable of eavesdropping on television audio and identifying the content.