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Computer Security Watch – April 21 2014

Bloodhound and Heartbleed… The Internet Sounds Like A Horror Movie

Today’s Top Threat
This ominously named virus works off of the “Microsoft Word Remote Memory Corruption Vulnerability” and will cause your computer to be part of a bot net ‘denial of service’ attacks. The resulting impact will not be overly noticeable on your end, but will be a headache for whatever server your computer attacks.
Today’s Top Stories
Dr. Strangebug, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Accept Heartbleed
No matter where you went this week, you likely heard about something called Heartbleed. If you happened to be living under a rock (some might say you were better off there), you may not have heard that there was a major vulnerability discovered in OpenSSL, the open source implementation of the protocols used to secure communication over the Internet. The reason it received a lot of attention is because a half a million trusted websites were vulnerable at the time this news first came to light. Does this mean the Internet is broken or is this a teachable moment?
Domains Added To Our Blacklist
In case you want to add them to yours as well.
What If The Worst Occurs?
I tend to meet one of two people when I am working on networks and computers, I meet people that tend to shrug off any recent news of viruses and exploits and the people that tend to panic at every bit of news. Of course you want to be in the middle where you are protected and aware, but are not scared of the internet. If you are the type that panics or legitimately fear that your information has been compromised there are a few things you should do. First, find a good anti-virus and scan your computer then change your passwords especially to your email and bank accounts.

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