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  • Millions of websites may have been leaking critically sensitive data for the past two

  • years, due to a flaw in software used to encrypt and transmit personal data.

  • Shin Se-min reports.

  • Millions of passwords, credit card numbers and other sensitive information may be at

  • risk from "Heartbleed," a security bug in an obscure kind of software.

  • The bug was accidentally added to software called OpenSSL that sets up an encrypted data

  • channel between computer users and a website's remote server.

  • A small padlock icon appears on websites using OpenSSL to reassure users, but the so-called

  • "Heartbleed" loophole could have left it open to exploitation by hackers.

  • A Finnish online security firm and Google Security, who disclosed the threat, say the

  • glitch went undetected for at least two years. Security experts are advising the public to

  • upgrade their own security practices and change all their passwords.

  • Experts fear hackers may have already been exploiting the problem before its discovery.

  • The Canadian Revenue Agency even shut off all its access to its online tax services,

  • because the "Heartbleed" bug has made data on major websites vulnerable.

  • Fortunately, most major Web services such as Google, Yahoo, Facebook and large banks

  • say they have already applied fixes to the affected servers and services.

  • However, it could be days or weeks before smaller websites that rely on OpenSSL fix

  • the issue. Because a "Heartbleed" attack leaves no trace

  • behind, and the potential damage is significant, websites that use OpenSSL are advised to act

  • as though they've been compromised. The extent of damage from the bug remains

  • unknown. Shin Se-min, Arirang News.

Millions of websites may have been leaking critically sensitive data for the past two

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