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Heartbleed Bug Has Been Around for 2 Years, Affects Two-Thirds of the Internet
Posted on Apr 8, 2014
A critical flaw that has been with us for some time and could be around for months to come leaves much of the Internet vulnerable.
Called Heartbleed, the bug affects OpenSSL, a back-end encryption standard that is used by as many as two-thirds of servers connected to the Internet, including many owned by Yahoo.
It was discovered by a Google researcher and could theoretically allow attackers to steal a server’s private encryption keys and intercept traffic.
Although a patch already exists, The Verge reports that vulnerabilities could persist for some time:
You can read much more about Heartbleed here.
—Posted by Peter Z. Scheer
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