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

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 affected many popular websites and services — ones you might use every day, like Gmail and Facebook — and could have quietly exposed your sensitive account information (such as passwords and credit card numbers) over the past two years. But it hasn't always been clear which sites have been affected. Mashable reached out to some of the most popular social, email, banking and commerce sites on the web. We've rounded up their responses below. Some Internet companies that were vulnerable to the bug have already updated their servers with a security patch to fix the issue. Although changing your password regularly is always good practice, if a site or service hasn't yet patched the problem, your information will still be vulnerable. We'll keep updating the list as new information comes in. Social Networks Other Companies Email Stores and Commerce Other

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Heartbleed – What Can You Do To Stay Safe? The Heartbleed SSL vulnerability is making headlines around the world – and misreporting in the press and online is causing confusion. How can you stay safe and ensue your personal details aren’t leaked? What Is Heartbleed?

Open SSL developer confesses to causing Heartbleed bug Despite speculation that the Heartbleed flaw was deliberately created by government agencies to spy on us, a developer has now come forward and confessed to causing the problem. German programmer Dr Robin Seggelmann told the Sydney Morning Herald he wrote the code, which was then reviewed by other members and eventually added to the OpenSSL software. He admitted the mistake itself was 'trivial', but added that its effect is 'clearly severe'. The Heartbleed bug lets hackers eavesdrop on supposedly secure communications. It was found by uncovered by a team of researchers from Google Security and Codenomicon in the OpenSSL cryptographic software.

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