Internet full of surprises. Few days ago a new bug has come into market named as ‘ Heartbleed ‘ has got an enormous eye on it. So for those who doesn’t not any about it we are going to tell you what it is about? What is affected by this? and Any impact from it till date?
So first things first what is Heartbleed bug? Heartbleed is a serious vulnerability in the popular cryptographic software OpenSSl which is used in many of the projects. Cryptography is the technique which convert your secret credential or data into the format which is not understandable by any person. So you can think how much it’s importance is. Heartbleed is the bug that can bypass this level of security.
The weakness of OpenSSL allows the Heartbleed to get the important information that is protected under normal conditions by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the Internet. So in short Heartbleed cracks the OpenSSL cryptographic software. Now the Heartbleed bug allows anyone on the Internet to read the memory of the systems protected by the vulnerable versions of the OpenSSL software. This compromises the secret keys used to identify the service providers and to encrypt the traffic, the names and passwords of the users and the actual content. This allows attackers to eavesdrop on communications, steal data directly from the services and users and to impersonate services and users.
SSl/TLS is used in applications like email and instant messaging(IM) which can get affected by the Heartbleed. So we are hoping that you all must have got what Heartbleed is about? and What is affected by this? Now the question remains is it’s bug impact. Recently a canadian teen got arrested by Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to hack the information of taxpayers using the Heartbleed.
Google made it public and just after a week this news came into the market and a 19 years old canadian teen became the first person to get arrested in relation to the Heartbleed use. For now to you be safe just change your passwords as new version of OpenSSL has been upload after the Heartbleed announcement. Stay safe.
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