‘Heartbleed’ bug poses major data security risk for all Internet users

The bug exploited a flaw in the code that is designed to keep servers secure

The bug itself may be called “Heartbleed,” but what should really get your blood pumping is the potential loss of personally identifiable information (PII), including credit card info and passwords.

The bug, which has been on the Internet undetected for roughly two years, does not attack individual websites or companies like recent hacks into the systems of Target, Mt. Gox, and others. Instead, Heartbleed exploits a flaw in the code that is designed to keep servers secure.

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Zach Warren is Assistant Editor of InsideCounsel magazine, where he oversees online content submissions and administers InsideCounsel's enewsletters. Zach specializes in new media and multimedia...

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