[tabi] urgent computer security problem

  • From: "Chip and Allie Orange" <acorange@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 20:07:40 -0400

Hi all,
If you haven't heard of this internet security problem (called "heart
bleed") you should read the short article below; basically, find out if your
online banking or other financial site is affected.  If it was, but they
have fixed it now, then you should go and change your password there.  If it
was, but they have not fixed it, then you should not login there.
If it was not affected, but it uses the same password that you use in other
places, then you should change that password.
Not sure if a site is safe from 'Heartbleed'? Use this tool to check
By Salvador Rodriguez
1:59 PM EDT, April 9, 2014
A bug named "Heartbleed" was recently discovered and likely affects most
on the Internet. Fortunately, an online tool makes it easy for users to
quickly check
whether a website is secure or not.
Heartbleed is a bug that affects OpenSSL, a technology that is used by many
services to keep user data secure. Hackers can take advantage of the bug to
a key code that can then be used to steal information, including user
A fix has been created for the bug, but many websites across the Internet
have still
not implemented it to their services.
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Experts recommend users change the passwords for all their online accounts
to protect
themselves from the ramifications of the Heartbleed bug. But before changing
passwords for specific websites, users should first check that those sites
have fixed
the Heartbleed problem.
Users can easily check if a site is secure by going to this website:
There, type in the URL for any website that requires information from users,
as email providers, banks, social networks, shopping sites and more. The
tool will
quickly check the site and notify the user if it is safe or not.
I did a quick check on numerous popular sites, and many have already been
according to the tool. These sites include Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Amazon
and Yahoo.
If the tool says a website is safe, users should feel free to change the
for their account on that service. If the tool says a website is
"Vulnerable" then
it is not yet safe, and users should not yet change their passwords for that
-- instead, users should wait until the site once has been secured.
The website was created by Filippo Valsorda, an Italian cyber security
expert. The
tool tests websites by trying to exploit them using the Heartbleed bug,
told The Times.
Valsorda said that he built the tool in a few hours but that he has kept
on it to improve how it works. He said the website is currently being
checked about
7,000 times per minute.
Besides checking to make sure websites are secure, Valsorda recommends that
also keep an eye out for statements from their most frequented websites in
case they
were hacked through the Heartbleed bug.
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Copyright C 2014,
Los Angeles Times

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