Beware of Heartbleed Spam

Users are being advised to stay alert because cybercriminals are taking advantage of the heartbleed vulnerability to get victims. They did this using their old technique, that is, spamming. Rob VandenBrink from SANS Institute published a reminder to warn users to be on their guard. He stated that he started receiving emails asking him to change his password on services where he does not have any accounts. These emails had helpful links, back-ended by malware or credential harvesting.
He is also advising users not to click on links in emails,
" Helpful emails with links in them are in most cases NOT helpful.  Don't click that link!
If it's legitimate, and especially this week, by all means browse to the affected site and change your password.  That's always a good idea.  But following an email link to a password change page is a good way to get your credentials stolen, or a good way to pick up a nice "gift" of malware.

What is The Heartbleed Bug?
This flaw was discovered by Neel Mehta of Google Security on Monday [07 Apr 2014].
"The Heartbleed Bug is a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. This weakness allows stealing the information protected, under normal conditions, by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the Internet. SSL/TLS provides communication security and privacy over the Internet for applications such as web, email, instant messaging (IM) and some virtual private networks (VPNs).
The Heartbleed bug allows anyone on the Internet to read the memory of the systems protected by the vulnerable versions of the OpenSSL software. This compromises the secret keys used to identify the service providers and to encrypt the traffic, the names and passwords of the users and the actual content. This allows attackers to eavesdrop on communications, steal data directly from the services and users and to impersonate services and users.

We advise all our readers concerned to apply the fix released.

Rob VandenBrink Advisory:[Click Here!]
Heartbleed Description:[Click Here!]


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