Are Bugs Like Shellshock and Heartbleed Really Serious, or Just Hype?

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So Shellshock is the newest vulnerability that may "break the internet." The last time they said that, it was about Heartbleed. Do I really need to be worried about all these bugs and vulnerabilities, or is this stuff tech companies need to care about? Can someone actually use these against me? » 10/01/14 11:34am 10/01/14 11:34am

Internet Vulnerability Left Encrypted Data Exposed For 10 Years

It's been just a few months since the Heartbleed OpenSSL security flaw was discovered, and we're again learning about gaping hole in the widely used security protocol. The good news is that there's a fix. The bad news is that the vulnerability has existed for a decade, and we'll never know how much it was exploited. » 6/05/14 11:34am 6/05/14 11:34am

U.S. Gov't Changed Your HealthCare.gov Password Because of Heartbleed

Heartbleed, the gaping flaw that left the internet's security gate wide open for more than two years, is causing headaches for yet another site: the beleagured Healthcare.gov. The government says the site has not been compromised, but officials have reset all user passwords "out of an abundance of caution." » 4/19/14 3:00pm 4/19/14 3:00pm

How a Great Logo Helped Make You Actually Care About Heartbleed

You might not understand the how Heartbleed works, but you definitely heard about it this week. And with it, that drippy, maroon, bleeding heart logo—which is part of what made the story so memorable. In fact, the way Heartbleed was presented by the team that discovered it is a model for how technology issues should… » 4/11/14 2:00pm 4/11/14 2:00pm

How Secure Are Your Favorite Websites?

Heartbleed is a scary thing. Aside from the violent-sounding name, the vulnerability in OpenSSL security protocols spans the entire internet and affects most of the sites we know, love, and use on a daily basis. Even outside of Heartbleed, not all security protocols are created equal. So how do you know who to trust? » 4/10/14 2:24pm 4/10/14 2:24pm

The Heartbleed-Vulnerable Passwords You Need to Change Right Now

By now, chances are you've already heard about the preposterously huge security hole in SSL. You've also probably heard how it could easily have left you exposed to all sorts of nefarious activity over the past few years. Now, thanks to Mashable, we also have a better idea of exactly which websites had the flaw. » 4/10/14 1:06pm 4/10/14 1:06pm

How Heartbleed Works: The Code Behind the Internet's Security Nightmare

By now you've surely heard of Heartbleed, the hole in the internet's security that exposed countless encrypted transactions to any attacker who knew how to abuse it. But how did it actually work? Once you break it down, it's actually incredibly simple. And a little hilarious. But mostly terrifying. » 4/09/14 2:59pm 4/09/14 2:59pm