Heartbleed: A Bloody Catastrophe

Heartbleed: A Bloody Catastrophe

Technology
  The internet as we know it is on the verge of collapse! OK, this may be a bit of hyperbole, but according to many internet security analysts, just barely. Anywhere from 20%-40% of internet servers were compromised by the now-infamous Heartbleed bug, an error in the OpenSSL security implementation that protects many of our everyday online activities. Heartbleed is as about as bad as a security hole gets. By exploiting Heartbleed, malicious attackers can very easily gain access to unencrypted usernames, passwords, and other sensitive information. Like many stories from the tech world, Heartbleed just begs for an apt analogy, so here goes. Heartbleed is tantamount to locking your sensitive documents in a safe, with one caveat: the safe contains a tiny hole that allows thieves to steal bits…
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