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Your Brain Isn't Equipped to Deal With the Heartbleed Bug

You might be scrambling to come up with a new password after news Tuesday of a vicious software bug that leaves our bank information, credit card …

Heartbleed Bug

The 'Heartbleed' security flaw that affects most of the Internet

A major online security vulnerability dubbed "Heartbleed" could put your personal information at risk, including passwords, credit card information and e-mails.<p>Heartbleed is a flaw in OpenSSL, an open-source encryption technology that is used by an estimated two-thirds of Web servers. It is behind …

What to do about Heartbleed, a gaping security hole affecting 66 percent of the Internet (at least)

There’s a security flaw in one of the basic encryption tools used by a huge number of websites, and it probably affects you.<p>Just to be safe, you should probably change your passwords. All of them.<p><i>Update 4/9: Before you change passwords on a site, first check to see if it is vulnerable to</i> …

Snowden to NSA: Go ahead, deny I tried to raise the alarm legally

Whistle-blower Edward Snowden has challenged the National Security Agency to explicitly deny that he tried, before leaking secret documents to journalists, to use legal, internal means to raise a red flag about the possibly unconstitutional nature of the outfit's surveillance programs.<p>"The NSA at …

Surveillance

How do you fix two-thirds of the web in secret?

When word of the Heartbleed bug first came out, news spread like a fire alarm — but it didn’t spread evenly. The vulnerability was spread across as many as two out of every three servers, which made a standard disclosure impossible. Some companies like Facebook got the news early, either from …

OpenSSL Heartbleed Bug Exploited Before This Week?

Bruce Schneier stood on the Source Boston keynote stage yesterday and used the word “ginormous” to describe the severity of the OpenSSL heartbleed …

Hacker successfully uses Heartbleed to retrieve private security keys

This morning, content distribution network Cloudflare gave some hope to those affected by the Heartbleed security flaw with an announcement that the bug might not be as bad as feared. In two weeks of testing, Cloudflare said, its researchers failed to exploit the bug to steal a website's private …

Drones that can land on power lines to recharge themselves

Researchers show off 'bird' drones that can land on power lines to recharge themselves<p>MIT student has already developed working prototype<br>• Could be …

UK urged to admit that CIA used island as secret 'black site' prison

The government is under mounting pressure to "come clean" about the role of an overseas UK territory leased to the US and allegedly used as a secret "black site" detention centre.<p>An opponent of Colonel Gaddafi who was rendered in a joint MI6-CIA operation, and a leading human rights group …

Tax agency leaves Heartbleed victims in the dark about stolen data

The hundreds of Canadians whose social insurance numbers were stolen from the Canada Revenue Agency in a Heartbleed breach likely won't find out they were hit for several days.<p>The CRA announced Monday, following a temporary shutdown of its public online services caused by the Heartbleed Internet …

Tails: the operating system that blew open the NSA

When NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden first emailed Glenn Greenwald, he insisted on using email encryption software called PGP for all …

First phase of TrueCrypt audit finds no backdoors - Help Net Security

Remember when late last year cryptographer Matthew Green and Kenneth White, Principal Scientist at Social & Scientific Systems, called for – and then …

First Heartbleed attack reported; taxpayer data stolen

The Heartbleed bug has caused widespread anxiety, sent engineers scrambling into patch-mode, and likely prompted millions of users to re-invent their passwords, but so far there have been no accounts of attacks leveraging the bug... until now.<p>In the first known report of an attack using the …