Heartbleed Bug: Public urged to reset all passwords

Heartbleed Bug: Public urged to reset all passwords
# 09 April 2014 20:34 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Several tech firms are urging people to change all their passwords after the discovery of a major security flaw, APA reports quoting BBC.

The Yahoo blogging platform Tumblr has advised the public to "change your passwords everywhere - especially your high-security services like email, file storage and banking".

Security advisers have given similar warnings about the Heartbleed Bug.

It follows news that a product used to safeguard data could be compromised to allow eavesdropping.

OpenSSL is a popular cryptographic library used to digitally scramble sensitive data as it passes to and from computer servers so that only the service provider and the intended recipients can make sense of it.

Those affected include Canada's tax collecting agency, which halted online services "to safeguard the integrity of the information we hold".

Google Security and Codenomicon - a Finnish security company - revealed on Monday that a flaw had existed in OpenSSL for more than two years that could be used to expose the secret keys that identify service providers employing the code.

They said that if attackers made copies of these keys they could steal the names and passwords of people using the services, as well as take copies of their data and set up spoof sites that would appear legitimate because they used the stolen credentials.

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