Hackers can take advantage of a freshly discovered bug, called “Heartbleed,” and retrieve passwords and other personal data coursed through the Internet. The bug was discovered in OpenSSL encryption software which is used to protect passwords, credit card numbers and other private data and information. One of the security research teams that discovered the security flaw, Codenomicon, set up the Heartbleed.com website and tested the flaw on their own systems. They were able to steal from themselves secret keys, “user names and passwords, instant messages, emails and business critical documents and communication,” Codenomicon said. In a tweet, it also advised, “Patch now.”
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