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Heartbleed bug hits web security

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Several major technology firms have urged users to change all their passwords in the wake of the Heartbleed bug security breach.

The bug was first reported on Monday after going undetected for more than 2 years.

It bypasses the OpenSSL cryptographic library, which is used online to digitally scramble sensitive information as it passes between computer servers.

It is best known as the padlock icon that appears in the corner of web browser windows to show the page you are using online is secure when data moves back and forth.

The Heartbleed bug is a flaw in this system that can give anyone access to the data behind that encryption, including passwords and credit card details, without leaving any trace.

Read more on this story at MSN UK

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