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Internet users advised to change passwords due to 'Heartbleed' bug

Following the discovery of a major bug known as "Heartbleed," Tumblr has sent out a note encouraging users to change the passwords for all of their online accounts immediately.

The Heartbleed bug makes it possible for hackers to retrieve code from websites and other online services that would give them access to other information, including user data and passwords. The bug affects services that use the widely popular OpenSSL security library.

OpenSSL is the technology that secures websites that use HTTPS encryption to keep data protected. Users might recognize this from the URL of many of the websites that they use on a regular basis.

"The little lock icon (HTTPS) we all trusted to keep our passwords, personal emails, and credit cards safe, was actually making all that private information accessible to anyone who knew about the exploit," Tumblr said. More...

04-09-2014 02:03