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Yesterday, security researchers announced a security flaw in OpenSSL, a popular data encryption standard, that gives hackers who know about it the ability to extract massive amounts of data from the services that we use every day and assume are mostly secure.

 

Basically, hackers now have an easier time accessing personal information from your accounts. I don't understand the full extent of this bug but that is the gist.

 

Since the vulnerability has been in OpenSSL for about two years and using it leaves no trace, assume that your accounts may be compromised. You should change your online passwords, especially for services where privacy and security are major concerns. However, many sites likely haven't upgraded to software without the bug, so immediately changing them still might not help.

 

The researchers who discovered the flaw let the developers behind OpenSSL know several days before announcing the vulnerability, so it was fixed before word got out yesterday. Most major service providers should already be updating their sites, so the bug will be less prevalent over coming weeks.

 

In short, change your passwords.

 

Here's a full, in depth article on the bug - http://www.businessi...xplainer-2014-4


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Cheers, ill inform Australia, you got the UK covered?


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TF's been updated with a proper OpenSSL version since yesterday morning, so there should not be any issues from this point forward.

 

The website does not really make use of any sensitive / personal info, so there should be no worries in this regard. Even if anyone has targetted TF in the past, for whatever weird reason, there is as veeeery tiny chance they they have actually found your login credentials, as the passwords are encrypted separately. Doesn't hurt to change them regularly though, regardless of this issue.

 

Unfortunately it's basically impossible to know if a website has been exploited through this bug, so there are no guarantees. However I've changed enough stuff in the back-end to be confident that any highly unlikely previous hacking won't affect us in the future (famous last words? :D ).


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