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Apr 10, 2014

‘Heartbleed’ computer bug threat spreads to firewalls and beyond

BOSTON, April 10 (Reuters) – Hackers could crack email
systems, security firewalls and possibly mobile phones through
the “Heartbleed” computer bug, according to security experts who
warned on Thursday that the risks extended beyond just Internet
Web servers.

The widespread bug surfaced late on Monday, when it was
disclosed that a pernicious flaw in a widely used Web encryption
program known as OpenSSL opened hundreds of thousands of
websites to data theft. Developers rushed out patches to fix
affected web servers when they disclosed the problem, which
affected companies from Amazon.com Inc and Google Inc
to Yahoo Inc.

Apr 10, 2014
Apr 9, 2014

Little Internet users can do to thwart ‘Heartbleed’ bug

BOSTON, April 9 (Reuters) – Security experts warn there is
little Internet users can do to protect themselves from the
recently uncovered “Heartbleed” bug that exposes data to
hackers, at least not until vulnerable websites take steps to
secure their communications.

The Heartbleed bug in widely used web encryption technology
known as OpenSSL affects software on servers that host websites.
That software is not used on PCs or mobile devices, so even
though the bug exposes passwords and other data entered on those
devices to hackers, it must be fixed by website operators.

Apr 9, 2014

There’s little web users can do to thwart ‘Heartbleed’ threat

BOSTON (Reuters) – Security experts warn there is little Internet users can do to protect themselves from the recently uncovered “Heartbleed” Internet threat that exposes data to hackers, at least not until vulnerable websites take steps to secure their communications.

The Heartbleed bug in widely used web encryption technology known as OpenSSL affects software on servers that host websites. That software is not used on personal computers or mobile devices, so even though the bug exposes passwords and other data entered on those devices to hackers, it must be fixed by website operators.

Apr 9, 2014
Apr 9, 2014
Apr 9, 2014

Exclusive: Iowa, North Carolina join states studying Experian breach

BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Iowa and North Carolina said they are looking into a breach involving a subsidiary of Experian Plc that exposed some 200 million social security numbers, in addition to two states that previously announced investigations.

Separately U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, a Democrat from Missouri, chided the company, saying she was concerned it had changed its explanation of how it was responding to the breach.

Apr 8, 2014

Iowa, North Carolina join states studying Experian breach

BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Iowa and North Carolina said they are looking into a breach involving a subsidiary of Experian Plc (EXPN.L: Quote, Profile, Research) that exposed some 200 million social security numbers, in addition to two states that previously announced investigations.

Separately U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, a Democrat from Missouri, chided the company, saying she was concerned it had changed its explanation of how it was responding to the breach.

Apr 4, 2014
Apr 4, 2014
    • About Jim

      "Jim works in the Reuters Boston bureau covering cyber security, hacking and technology privacy issues. He’s been with Reuters since 2005. He previously covered technology, media and biotechnology for Broadcasting & Cable, the Orange County Register and Bloomberg News out Tokyo, Taipei, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Santa Ana, California."
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