‘Heartbleed’ bug warning: ‘Time to change passwords everywhere’

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
By Paul Martin

April 9, 2014

“Heartbleed,” the software bug uncovered Monday, has caused serious security headaches this week as companies scramble to fix a major flaw that has left most of the world’s active websites vulnerable to attack.

“This might be a good day to call in sick and take some time to change your passwords everywhere,” Yahoo’s YHOO +2.04% Tumblr site warned Tuesday. Heartbleed, the site stressed, was “bad news.”

The threat comes from a bug that’s able to exploit a problem in a free set of encryption tools called OpenSSL. Heartbleed would let a hacker grab chunks of data from a server, including passwords and other sensitive information. And this involves even so-called secure sites, those with the little lock icon on top.

“It’s bad, friends,” Time magazine said. “The Heartbleed Bug is bad. That little lock icon that you see up in your browser’s address bar when you’re logging into a site or entering your credit card number? Turns out it’s not all that great at protecting your private information after all.”

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