The Heartbleed Hit List

theepochtimes-heartbleed1Passwords You Need to Change Right Now—Google and Facebook included. Yes, that’s how powerful Heartbleed is
‘An encryption flaw called the Heartbleed bug is already being called one of the biggest security threats the Internet has ever seen. The bug has affected many popular websites and services — ones you might use every day, like Gmail and Facebook — and could have quietly exposed your sensitive account information (such as passwords and credit card numbers) over the past two years.

‘But it hasn’t always been clear which sites have been affected…’
Here is Mashable’s long list of websites that could potentially have the flaw

Why is it that the deadliest viruses are heart-themed?
The Love Bug virus 2000
‘…The outbreak was later estimated to have caused US $5.5-8.7 billion in damages worldwide, and estimated to cost the US $15 billion to remove the worm. Within ten days, over fifty million infections had been reported, and it is estimated that 10% of internet-connected computers in the world had been affected…’

The Internet’s Telltale Heartbleed
‘The cryptography expert Bruce Schneier, who has been writing about computer security for more than fifteen years, is not given to panic or hyperbole. So when he writes, of the “catastrophic bug” known as Heartbleed, “On the scale of 1 to 10, this is an 11,” it’s safe to conclude that the Internet has a serious problem. The bug, which was announced on Tuesday—complete with an explanatory Web site and a bleeding-heart logo—is a vulnerability in a widely used piece of encryption software called OpenSSL.

‘Heartbleed is as bad as it is possible for a security flaw to be. It can be easily exploited by anyone on the Internet without leaving a trace, and it can be used to obtain login names, passwords, credit-card information, and even the keys that keep our encrypted communications safe from eavesdroppers…’

Dropbox Dropbomb
Condoleezza Rice Joins Dropbox’s Board of Directors
Why is Dropbox suddenly very viral? Is it trying to dislodge Google?
‘As it edges into new products, Dropbox is trying to live up to the lofty expectations set by its investors. After a months-long search, the company recently added a chief operating officer, former Google executive and Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside. Dropbox has also added a prominent fourth member to a board of directors that Houston has until now kept small—Condoleezza Rice. The former secretary of state’s consulting firm, RiceHadleyGates, has been advising the startup on management issues for the last year. Now she’ll help the company think about such matters as international expansion and privacy, an issue that dogs every cloud company in the age of Edward Snowden and the NSA. “As a country, we are having a great national conversation and debate about exactly how to manage privacy concerns,” Rice says about her new position. “I look forward to helping Dropbox navigate it.”…’

Dropbox Unveils Project Harmony, Mailbox for Android


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Poch is a Bookrix author and a freelance writer. He is a frequent contributor to TED Conversations.
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