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May 2014 - Volume 10 - Issue 11

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For All You Bleeding Hearts

The Heartbleed bug is a software glitch that has gone undetected for an extended period of time. Experts are not sure if hackers have even been aware of the flaw. Software developers apparently made some errors when developing and writing software code. The vulnerabilities were exposed by a Finnish security firm and Google researchers.
 
According to the New York Post, which seemed to pose the most concise and understandable explanation, Heartbleed creates an opening in SSL/TLS, an encryption technology marked by the small, closed padlock and “https” on Web browsers to show that traffic is secure. The flaw makes it possible to snoop on Internet traffic even if the padlock is closed. Interlopers can also grab the keys for deciphering encrypted data without the website owners knowing the theft occurred. The problem affects only the variant of SSL/TLS known as Open SSL, but that happens to be one of the most common on the Internet.
In order to fix the security flaw, website providers must install a fix. Afterwards the user is required to change their password.
 
It was just a matter of time before we would hear something as widespread as this. It is believed that government agencies including the NSA knew about the issue for over two years and rather than disclose to the public, they chose to use Heartbleed to their own advantage as a spying tool.
 
Below is a small list of some popular websites that have been affected and not affected by the Heartbleed bug:
 
Affected               Unaffected
Instagram             Google.com
Tumblr                  Chase.com
Yahoo                   Bank of America.com
Gmail                    Wellsfargo.com
Yahoo mail           Facebook.com
GoDaddy              Youtube.com
Intuit Turbo Tax    Baidu.com
Dropbox                Wikipedia.com
Okcupid                Twitter.com
Minecraft              Amazon.com
                             Linkedin.com

David Baruch, Mitech One, LLC, can be reached at (954) 689-2488 or sales@mitech1.com.

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