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Why Heartbleed, the Latest Cybersecurity Scare, Matters

Another day, another terrifying computer security vulnerability. A hole in a widely used encryption technology has given hackers a way to infiltrate …

Canada Freezes Online Tax Filing Due to Heartbleed Bug

Canada's tax authority shut down its online tax-filing services on Tuesday night to safeguard taxpayers' information after the major security bug …

Graphic: A visual guide to the Heartbleed bug

Occasionally, a computer will check that there is still a secure connection by sending a small packed of data, known as a “heartbeat,” which asks for a response.<p>The Heartbleed Bug is a coding flaw that could allow an intruder, during a heartbeat exchange, to grab up to 64 kilobytes of data leaking …

Heartbleed Bug Update

Inside Flipboard / April 9, 2014<p>As soon as we found out about the Heartbleed bug, the team here began working on understanding its implications for …

The heartache of Heartbleed

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How to Check If a Site Is Safe From 'Heartbleed'

If your site reads Safe, it makes sense to change your password. Even if it doesn't yet, a change still makes sense.<p>This post follows one a few hours ago about the Heartbleed security failure, and for safety's sake it repeats information I have added to that post as an update.<p><b>Point 1</b>: If you would …

Your Heartbleed Bug Questions, Answered

Multiple popular websites were exposed to a major Internet bug called Heartbleed earlier this week. The bug was discovered by a member of Google's …

Heartbleed: How did it get there? Why did it take so long to find?

<b>(Shutterstock)</b><p>The discovery of massive security vulnerability prompts speculation in crypto communities about NSA involvment<p>Natasha Lennard<p>April 9, 2014 7:53pm (UTC)<p>The major news today that a huge security flaw -- Heartbleed -- has for more than two years rendered most of the Internet vulnerable, …

How to tell if Heartbleed could have stolen your password, and when it’s safe to change it

As you’ve probably heard, the Heartbleed bug exposes websites that use a popular encryption technology to malicious attacks, and some of your passwords—and personal data—may well have been compromised. The vulnerable software, OpenSSL, is used to encrypt something like two-thirds of all sites on …

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Here’s everything you need to know about the Heartbleed web security flaw

It seems as though every week or so there’s a new hack or exploit that reveals millions of passwords or important data from a popular web service, …

Heartbleed online security bug isn't easily fixed

Online shoppers have learned to trust the little image of a lock that appears near the Web addresses of their favorite sites, assuring them their transactions are safe.<p>But hackers, it turns out, may already have the keys.<p>A glitch in the Internet's most popular encryption software could let hackers …

Why Heartbleed is the most dangerous security flaw on the web

The ‘catastrophically bad’ bug has left Yahoo, Imgur, and countless other services vulnerable<p>Monday afternoon, the IT world got a very nasty wakeup call, an emergency security advisory from the OpenSSL project warning about an open bug called "Heartbleed." The bug could be used to pull a chunk of …

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 …

How to protect yourself from the 'Heartbleed' bug

A major new security vulnerability dubbed Heartbleed was disclosed Monday night with severe implications for the entire Web. The bug can scrape a server's memory, where sensitive user data is stored, including private data such as usernames, passwords, and credit card numbers.<p>It's an extremely …

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> …

Heartbleed web bug has companies in panic

A look into the Heartbleed bug encryption flaw that has left many of the world’s websites vulnerable to hackers<p>Researchers at Google and Finnish security firm Codenomicon have discovered a mass web bug that threatens users' data security.<p>The 'Heartbleed' flaw has been discovered in OpenSSL, a piece …

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Heartbleed bug: Check which sites have been patched

The Heartbleed bug is serious. Disclosed less than two days ago, the Heartbleed bug has sent sites and services across the Internet into patch mode.<p>For an in-depth explanation of what exactly Heartbleed is, and what it does, read this post by our own Stephen Shankland. In essence, the bug …

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 could undermine years of work to build public trust

The "Heartbleed" software flaw that triggered alarm bells around the world could fundamentally undermine two decades' worth of efforts to persuade consumers they could trust the Web to securely handle such tasks as buying a pair of shoes and applying for a job.<p>The discovery of a gaping hole in a …

The Heartbleed Hit List: The Passwords You Need to Change Right Now

An encryption flaw called the Heartbleed bug is already being dubbed one of the biggest security threats the Internet has ever seen. The bug has …

'Trivial' mistake that caused Heartbleed crisis highlights fragility of the web

The "Heartbleed" flaw that has turned internet security upside down was added to the open-source OpenSSL protocol on New Year's Eve 2011, experts now believe. It was entered by one man — German software developer Robin Seggelmann — and a subsequent review failed to pick up on the catastrophic …

Man who introduced serious 'Heartbleed' security flaw denies he inserted it deliberately

It also allowed for a server's private encryption keys to be stolen. Once stolen, these keys can be used by criminals to decrypt data sent between a …

How the Heartbleed bug works, and what passwords you need to change

Internet security experts are scrambling to patch an alarming encryption vulnerability that has exposed millions of passwords and personal information, including credit-card numbers, email accounts and a wide range of online commerce.<p><b>Latest news</b><p>The Canada Revenue Agency says about 900 customers had …

Google updates its services to stop the bleeding

The Internet is all abuzz with news of the Heartbleed bug which was discovered in the popular OpenSSL encryption library. For those who haven’t heard, the OpenSSL library had a bug in it which means that a cyber-criminal or a government agency can decrypt all the traffic which was flowing over a …

Retailers Sending Mixed Messages in Wake of 'Heartbleed' Bug Scare

The dreaded "Heartbleed" bug has prompted security experts to warn that information on approximately half a million websites may be vulnerable to …

U.S. Regulators Warn Banks About Heartbleed Bug

U.S. financial regulators expect banks to patch their systems to protect against the Heartbleed security bug, according to an alert sent to banks …

German engineer who created 'Heartbleed' bug says it was an accident

Say hello to Robin Seggelmann.<p>The name may not ring a bell, but his handiwork has gained worldwide notoriety. Seggelman, it seems, is the poor soul who wrote the flawed piece of code that has come to be known as the Heartbleed bug.<p>According to his profile on the LinuxTag conference website, …

Heartbleed Bug: Here Are the Passwords You Should Change

When it comes to changing your passwords, the Heartbleed Bug is a better-safe-than-sorry bug.<p>This is not a case of hackers breaking into a bunch of …

Apple: iOS, OSX, and Web site safe from Heartbleed attack

Apple confirmed Thursday that it's safe from the massive bug that has been bombing the Internet.<p>When CNET asked Apple if it had patched the vulnerability for its Apple.com Web site and all the services it offers, a company spokesperson said its Web site is in the clear and that it never used the …

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5 rules for using the Internet after ‘Heartbleed’

You know the lock icon that pops up next to URLs to tell you a website will keep your information safe? It turns out it has actually left your …

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