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"Heartbleed" Goes Undetected for Over Two Years, You May Want to Change Your Passwords

Thursday, April 10th, 2014 -- 11:30 AM

-You know how you buy stuff or do other business on the Internet, feeling that if the Web site you use says it's secure, it's cool?

A new report indicates your online dealings may not have been as cool as you might have thought. Security researchers say millions of Internet surfers may have had their passwords, credit card numbers and other sensitive bits of data exposed by computer hackers.

The breach, codenamed "Heartbleed," may have gone undetected for more than two years before being discovered recently. And the breach affects the kind of encryption technology most of us rely on to protect online accounts for everything from email to instant messages, as well as online commerce.

There is now a way to close the security hole. But computer security experts suggest that's the electronic equivalent of locking the barn door long after the cows have escaped.

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