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Heartbleed security vulnerability

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“Heartbleed” is a security vulnerability in ubiquitous open source software used to implement secure communications with web servers. Because of this vulnerability, information you enter into a secure web page on an affected server might be accessible remotely. One security consultant said that on a seriousness scale from 1 to 10, “heartbleed is an 11.”

Obama Conspiracy Theories as best I can tell is not affected by heartbleed because logons to this site don’t use secure sockets in the first place. :shock:

This is one of those times when even I am changing my passwords.

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9 Responses to Heartbleed security vulnerability

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    American Mzungu April 11, 2014 at 6:52 pm #

    Thank you.

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    Soduko April 11, 2014 at 7:43 pm #

    Thanks, Doc. Think I’ll sleep with the lights on now …

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    The European April 13, 2014 at 3:35 am #

    Speaking about internet security:

    http://www.drop-dropbox.com/

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    Lupin April 13, 2014 at 5:26 am #

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-11/nsa-said-to-have-used-heartbleed-bug-exposing-consumers.html

    Translated into plain English: the NSA puts its ability to spy on people ahead of its concern for US National Security.

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    The European April 13, 2014 at 5:47 pm #

    Just moved my data from DropBox to COPY.COM. Got 20 gb of space for free, without Mrs. Rice on the board.

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    Bonsall Obot April 13, 2014 at 5:53 pm #

    The European:
    Just moved my data from DropBox to COPY.COM. Got 20 gb of space for free, without Mrs. Rice on the board.

    Dr. Rice has never married, though she did refer to GWBush as “my husband.”

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    The European April 14, 2014 at 1:37 am #

    Bonsall Obot: Dr. Rice has never married, though she did refer to GWBush as “my husband.”

    I guess that Pres. Bush the Elder had given her the job of a governess. But even if there were more, that would not bother me at all. It´s her job as advisor to Pres Bush the Younger and the advices that she gave what disqualifies her to be on the board of a company that I have to trust with my data.

    I am well aware that quitting DropBox is only symbolic and changes in reality nothing. Sometimes symbolic actions are all you have …..

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    Suranis April 14, 2014 at 6:39 am #

    And the NSA immediately and uncatagoritly denies it

    http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/nsa-denies-it-used-heartbleed-bug-gather-intelligence-n78356

    This was followed by a statement from the whitehouse saying the same thing

    http://bnowire.com/inbox/?id=2307

    I;m sorry but I’m going to believe a full and complete denial from all sections of the goverment over a clickbait article based on what “two people familiar with the matter said.”

    2 people familiar with the matter? You mean someone who knows what the little padlock leans and who heard of the vulnerability story?

    The kicker of the Bloomberg article is, like the whole Glenn Greenwald nonsense, they don’t provide any evidence for it, but people will just automatically believe it.no matter how many times these stories have been proven wrong. Remember the whole ” the NSA is hacking everyone in Europe’s phones” flap from last year? Turned out that what ACTUALLY the European intelligence services sent data they had intercepted from outside Europe to the NSA for analysis, The Mighty Greenwald read it wrong in the most holy snowden documents, and when challenged pointed to documents which said nothing about what he said they were saying

    Oh did you know that despite all his talk about how much danger he is in if he visits the USA, Greenwald was in the USA last week to receive an award with no arrest made nor any hassle.

    Lupin:
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-11/nsa-said-to-have-used-heartbleed-bug-exposing-consumers.html

    Translated into plain English: the NSA puts its ability to spy on people ahead of its concern for US National Security.

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    The Magic M (not logged in) April 14, 2014 at 6:55 am #

    Suranis: over a clickbait article based on what “two people familiar with the matter said.”

    Journalism has come a long way. It seems that a once hallowed tradition (protecting confidential sources) has been replaced with a tendency to attribute anything and everything to vaguely referenced people.
    I know they cannot write “John Walker, Chief of the local NSA chapter in Spoonfoomble, Arkansas”, but at least they could refer to “a senior NSA advisor from Texas”. Heck, even conspiracy sites that make up their news can name their non-existing sources more credibly.