Heartbleed: A Security Flaw Or A Deliberate Move Towards Government Control of the Internet
On the other side of my face I’m laughing however at those nerds and geeks who spent years wetting themselves everytime PC Wanker reported someone had discovered a bigger prime number. “Oooooooohhhhheeeeeeee, better security, they squealed. Sadly not because where the security keys generated by SSL start to protect is just about the lat place anyone who understands the technology would try to catch your account numbers, passwords etc.
What I find amazing is this vulnerability in the Open SSL system, which was supposed to give total security for online transactions was known of almost as soon at the system was launched. It now seems very likely that the developers knew the system was useless before they launched it on an unsuspecting public. And you can bet the cybershits knew about it long before the good guys found it.
Anyone out there still think I’m a dinosaur for refusing to do online banking etc.
Dire warnings about Heartbleed, a serious internet security risk affecting millions of websites, is echoing across the internet today. Described as a flaw in OpenSSL, the open source encryption technology used by the vast majority of web servers, Heartbleed is said to put HTTPS e-commerce websites at risk.
The bug can give hackers access to personal data like credit card numbers, usernames, passwords, and, perhaps most importantly, cryptographic keyswhich can allow hackers to impersonate or monitor a server, writes Lily Hay Newman.
The risk was discovered by a Google researcher at Codenomicon, a Finnish company specializing in the development of fuzzing tools to ensure computer network security. The Codenomicon client base includes government and the defense industry and, as noted below, has suspicious connections to Obama, DHS, and the FBI.
Heartbleed Internet Bug: Pretext For Web Lockdown?
The Heartbleed bug is being described as the most critical security flaw to hit the web since its inception, a crisis that could lay the groundwork for massive government regulation and censorship of the Internet.
Millions of websites may have been leaking critically sensitive data for the past two years, thanks to a devastating flaw in the OpenSSL software many sites use to encrypt and transmit data, reports Yahoo Tech, as experts warned web users to change all their passwords immediately in a bid to protect themselves from a vulnerability that could have allowed hackers to infiltrate millions of email accounts, sensitive tax records and a myriad of other private data.
Catastrophic is the right word. On the scale of one to 10, this is an 11, said security expert Bruce Schneier in a blog post which explains the implications of the flaw..
from BBC News
The major security flaw at the heart of the internet may have been exposing users’ personal information and passwords to hackers for the past two years.It is not known how widely the bug has been exploited, if at all, but what is clear is that it is one of the biggest security issues to have faced the internet to date.