Just how bad is Heartbleed?

OpenSSL may not be first thing one thinks of when surfing the net or sending emails but this is one security bug with the potential to cause a lot of trouble.

OpenSSL may not be first thing one thinks of when surfing the net or sending emails but the discovery of ‘Heartbleed’, a security bug that has compromised this core encryption architecture of the internet, is about to cause a lot of grief. The sensitive information that we thought was protected isn’t so safe after all, and hasn’t been for a couple of years.

OpenSSL is the open source implementation of SSL (Secure Sockets Layer), which is an encryption protocol that protects us when we visit sensitive websites and keeps web communications secure.  

A lot of leaks

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