How secure is your data on the internet? Read below please. This message is from CX.com and we thought it is worth airing for any internet user like yourself to have a look. Hackers are doing their best to attack servers. Well, we are hackers in different levels for different purposes. Any serious computer user is a hacker, black hat or white hat!
The Heartbleed Bug
The Heartbleed Bug is a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. This weakness allows stealing the information protected, under normal conditions, by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the Internet. SSL/TLS provides communication security and privacy over the Internet for applications such as web, email, instant messaging (IM) and some virtual private networks (VPNs).
The Heartbleed bug allows anyone on the Internet to read the memory of the systems protected by the vulnerable versions of the OpenSSL software. This compromises the secret keys used to identify the service providers and to encrypt the traffic, the names and passwords of the users and the actual content. This allows attackers to eavesdrop on communications, steal data directly from the services and users, and to impersonate services and users.
What lurks in practice?
We have tested some of our own services from an attacker’s perspective. We attacked ourselves from outside, without leaving a trace. Without using any privileged information or credentials, we were able to steal from ourselves the secret keys used for our X.509 certificates, user names and passwords, instant messages, emails and business critical documents and communication.