“Heartbleed” – the new technology threat

I just found a new item to add to my What Keeps Me Up at Night list.  It is this account in the Wall St. Journal of the new technology bug and the handful of people (literally) who are responsible for Internet security. See: Heartbleed Bug’s ‘Voluntary’ Origins; Internet Security Relies on a Small Team of Coders, Most of Them Volunteers; Flaw Was a Fluke. From the intro:

The encryption flaw that punctured the heart of the Internet this week underscores a weakness in Internet security: A good chunk of it is managed by four European coders and a former military consultant in Maryland.

On the practical side, here is some advice for actions that individuals can take to minimize or avoid the consequences of Heartbleed.  From the HuffPost: The Heartbleed Bug Goes Even Deeper Than We Realized — Here’s What You Should Do

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