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UPDATE: Canada Revenue Agency temporarily shuts down web services to prevent security breaches

:astPass program to check what sites have been compromised by Heartbleed

You're being asked to change all of your passwords to protect yourself from the "Heartbleed Bug"

The breakdown affects encryption technology that is supposed to protect online accounts for emails, instant messaging and a range of e-commerce. Security experts are advising people to change all their online passwords -- but only after Internet services affected by Heartbleed install software released yesterday to fix the problem.

But changing all of your passwords can be cumbersome, never mind confusing in some cases.

But the password security firm LastPass has set up a website for you to check which sites have been compromised.

You can check it out here.

The Heartbleed Bug came to light after the Canada Revenue Agency temporarily cut off public access to its electronic services over security concerns, preventing Canadians from being able to file their taxes online.

In a statement posted on its website, the CRA says it has temporarily shut down public access to its online services to safeguard the integrity of the information it holds.

The affected services include EFILE, NETFILE, My Account, My Business Account and Represent a Client.

It says it's working to restore safe and secure access as soon as possible.

Computer security experts warn the Heartbleed threat went undetected for more than two years.

They say it has exposed millions of passwords, credit card numbers and other sensitive bits of information to potential theft by computer hackers.

 

Meanwhile, researchers are advising people to change all of their passwords.
    
The flaw was discovered independently in recent days by researchers at Google Inc. and the Finnish security firm Codenomicon.
    
The breach involves SSL/TLS, an encryption technology marked by the small, closed padlock and ``https:'' on Web browsers to signify that traffic is secure. With the Heartbleed flaw, traffic was subject to snooping even if the padlock had been closed.
    
The problem affects only the variant of SSL/TLS known as OpenSSL, but that happens to be one of the most common on the Internet.

Tech Analyst Carmi Levy joins Moore in the Morning to explain why Heartbleed could be one of the biggest web security threats in recent years and says you should change your internet passwords as soon as possible...
    

Researchers at Codenomicon say that OpenSSL is used by two of the most widely used Web server software, Apache and nginx. That means many websites potentially have this security flaw. OpenSSL is also used to secure email, chats and virtual private networks, which are used by employees to connect securely with corporate networks.
    
Despite the worries, Codenomicon said many large consumer sites don't have the problem because of their ``conservative choice'' of equipment and software. ``Ironically smaller and more progressive services or those who have upgraded to (the) latest and best encryption will be affected most,'' the security firm added.
    
A fix came out Monday, but affected websites and service providers must install the update.
    
Yahoo's Tumblr blogging service uses OpenSSL. In a blog post Tuesday, officials at the service said they had no evidence of any breach and had immediately implemented the fix.
    
``But this still means that the little lock icon (HTTPS) we all trusted to keep our passwords, personal emails, and credit cards safe, was actually making all that private information accessible to anyone who knew about the exploit,'' Tumblr's blog post read. ``This might be a good day to call in sick and take some time to change your passwords everywhere _ especially your high-security services like email, file storage, and banking, which may have been compromised by this bug.''
    
Yahoo Inc. said its other services, including email, Flickr and search, also have the vulnerability. The company said some of the systems have already been fixed, while work is being done on the rest of Yahoo's websites.
    
The company reiterated its standard recommendation for people to change passwords regularly and to add a backup mobile number to the account. That number can be used to verify a user's identity if there are problems accessing the account because of hacking.

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  1. Karl Burgin posted on 04/09/2014 09:03 AM
    I've never trusted online cloud storage and am always paranoid about access. This is precisely one reason why.
    In any case, your best bet now is to use a password management software, that will keep track of all the passwords you create, as well as generate very good passwords. Also, people should take advantage of the two-step verification process if a website offers it. I know Google Mail offers it- as well as many bank websites- even Paypal has it too. This helps protect your account should the password be compromised.
    1. Peter posted on 04/09/2014 09:32 AM
      @Karl Burgin .
      Yes, that's a good point Karl, - the two-step verification process that is like a password required to use a password.

      About cloud storage, well that, I think is the same traffic access as in a chat room or email as the data always flows to a privately owned server.

      No one ever said at Google or MSN that the data they "pass thru" can't be archived, mined and used against the user years down the road. That could apply to every email in business, government. Emails that contain documents, photos and media.

      About the Heartbleed bug, If huge masses are affected, then that makes me feel better as that would make me a needle in a haystack.
      There would be time to escape the problem before any damage could be done.
      .
  2. Bettie posted on 04/09/2014 09:26 AM
    "Researchers are advising people to change all of their passwords." - BUT - "A fix came out Monday, but affected websites and service providers must install the update." So if you change your password before a website has installed the fix, isn't your new password then as vulnerable as the old one was?
    1. Angry Bill posted on 04/09/2014 09:39 AM
      @Bettie It is. If you still use a service that has the old, deprecated version of OpenSSL 1.0.1f or earlier, then the vulnerability most likely still exists.

      2 Step Verification, as Karl mentioned above, is a very good idea to have. I have it on my gmail account, and even Hotmail (Outlook.com now) has incorporated it.
    2. Karl Burgin posted on 04/09/2014 11:57 AM
      @Bettie I spent the morning changing all the important passwords- I have close to 100 accounts throughout for different sites, so it may take a while for me.
      But as for the important banking ones, not only did I change the passwords, but the 2-step verification process as well- so it isn't the same as the last.
  3. john posted on 04/09/2014 10:48 AM
    i dont trust anything online and this is why . cloud or nothing . look what happened to mega upload . thay got raided by the FBI and customers lost all of there data . thay filled mutl trillion dollar lawsuit agents the government and are still on going as we speck . the best way to store files is if u can afford it . a big USB hardrive . thats what i do .
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 04/09/2014 11:51 AM
      @john Actually they're back in business using another file-hosting sites. And from the looks of it, they're being really careful this time.
      This is the website: https://mega.co.nz/#about

      But yeah, I don't trust storing anything of worth online
  4. don was right posted on 04/09/2014 10:48 AM
    This does not affect Microsoft Windows servers. There is a fine line between being cost conious and being cheap. Dumo all of those crappy cheap unix servers with open source software and install Windows. Not vulnerable (this time anyway)
  5. john posted on 04/09/2014 11:22 AM
    i would rather have Linux on my computer it is way better then Microsoft the only problum is i am a gamer and non of the games i have run on Linux . not to many people can track someone on a open source cause that os will not let .exe files to install . plus nobody can accuse u of software piracy . if it is open source .

    it would not surprise me if the MSA has something to do with this as well as the bleeding hart bug . .
    1. Angry Bill posted on 04/09/2014 11:41 AM
      @john If you're into PvP, EVE Online is probably the best MMO out there for that.. and it runs on Linux.

      Alternately, WoW will run on Mac.
  6. Karl Burgin posted on 04/09/2014 11:55 AM
    Now here is an opportunity where BlackBerry can possibly shine. Their security is second-to-none. Now if they could only develop a desktop O/S or make a partnership with Microsoft.
    It still wouldn't resolve the HTTPS security exploit, but it would nice to have an alternative to Linux, Windows and Mac
    1. don was right posted on 04/09/2014 01:04 PM
      @Karl Burgin Clueless looking for clues

      Blackberry enterroprise server runs apache. which runs openssl.What part of that suggests security?
  7. john posted on 04/09/2014 12:32 PM
    anybody ever heard of spyware it is a little program and gos into the temp files of your web browser it reads all of the files called cookies it also watches what u are doing on your keyboard . it gives out that info to the person who makes the program so he can steal your info . so have a firewall installed as well as a anti virus program use a anti spyware program use it to scan your hardrive . and keep it up to date .
    1. don was right posted on 04/09/2014 01:40 PM
      @john This is of course not spyware and has nothing to do with your cookies, or even your milk ROTFLMAO
  8. Karl Burgin posted on 04/09/2014 01:01 PM
    FYI:
    Just came across this It checks to see if the site you're registered with/login to is vulnerable to the HeartBleed exploit. Hope this helps.
    http://possible.lv/tools/hb/
    http://filippo.io/Heartbleed/

    And this is a Google Chrome add-on meant to run in the background:
    https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/chromebleed/eeoekjnjgppnaegdjbcafdggilajhpic

    Here is the website I usually reference- just to show the links above are 100% safe:
    http://community.spiceworks.com/topic/472382-heartbleed-openssl-vuln-site-checker?page=1#entry-3182966
    1. Angry Bill posted on 04/09/2014 01:49 PM
      @Karl Burgin Good find, Karl. Thanks.
  9. Harmeet posted on 04/09/2014 03:18 PM
    "Heartbleed Bug," has been crawling around the internet for a staggering two years. Introduced to glom on to the system known as OpenSSL back in December of 2011 and in the wild since Open SSL v1.0.1, this bug has been on the web since the 14th of March, 2012. The good news is that there’s a patch for this bug already released - the bad news is that an unknown amount of individuals could already have been targeted by hackers taking advantage of the bug. The other bad news is that there’s a growing list of websites that still have the non-patched SSL version 1.0.1 software running on their network.

    Dont know how much Data has already been hacked as its a two year old Bug.
  10. Eddie Bates posted on 04/10/2014 07:07 AM
    This problem is growing fast and it is happening on all levels, from homes to businesses. Unfortunately, this problem is getting worse as deliberate errors into software or hardware designs, many of which are developed in collaboration with the NSA; or by recommending the use of security protocols that the NSA knows to be insecure, in its dual role as cryptographic standards-setter and codebreaker. Because of this, the safeguards have been broken down to gain access to your information making it easier than ever for hackers and cyber criminals.
    Americans Right to Privacy Recommends: Visit www.americansrighttoprivacy.com and purchase the Patriot Privacy Package which includes not only secure e-mail but two services that will protect you against this severe threat. One touch VPN but choose the L2TP protocol when connecting and DigitalSafe which will not only store and secure your passwords but also has the valuable password generator tool which will allow you to change your password securely!
    Please note: The reason why DigitalSafe will protect you against this ongoing threat is the fact that not only do you store and secure your username and password but you put the link to the particular website on the note as well. You access the secure website through DigitalSafe and by encrypting the data before it is sent not during neutralizes the Open Source "Heartbleed" bug.
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