The Heartbleed Bug is a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library.
What does this mean for me and my data?
Well, as a consumer, there's not a lot you can do, except wait for the service providers to implement the update. Your data hasn't exactly been 'hacked'. It hasn't been stolen by large organisation seeking to cause havoc.
Someone may have access to it though, from eavesdropping while it was in transit.
Even on a HTTPS connection, the heartbeat bug would have allowed someone to gain access to the encryption keys on the server you are making the transfer with. This means they can then decode the data that has been sent.
Depending on how the server is then set up depends on what other data can then be accessed.
I'm a service provider what can I do?
Updating your server is a first step. Hopefully if your using OpenSSL, then you had an update available today (8th April 2014). I did on Ubuntu 13.x and Centos 6/6.5. You should also read more into this to ensure you change your keys etc. heartbleed.com
If you're a Gmail user you'll probably already know, thanks to the email Google sent around, that starting this week Gmail will suggest you Goole+ people as recipients without exchanging email addresses.
What emails will I recieve from other Google+ Users? By default settings, other users can contact you Once until you reply to them, thereby sharing your email address.
How will I know which emails are not from my google contacts? Emails from people outside your circles will be filtered into a new Social category in your Gmail inbox (if enabled).
Where can I change which Googl+ users can contact me? A new setting can be found in the settings section of your Gmail on the "General" tab.
So, for all of half an hour between 22:00-23:00 GMT YouTube had a lovely 500 Server Error, with a 4150(ish) character hash on every page refresh. Streaming servers still worked, so all of those watching longer videos may not have noticed anything.
Everyone else saw this:
The text reads:
Sorry, something went wrong.
A team of highly trained monkeys has been dispatched to deal with this situation.
If you see them, show them this information:
The fight for Internet Privacy, it's allies, and Demand Progress are hosting a movie night on Sunday 17th November 2013.
This movie is about how large corporations and the government's are tracking information via technology and the internet.
So, basically, are you really sure about all those terms and conditions you simply clicked 'agree' to?
Twitter. Your images still belong to you as the content poster, however they can re-use them if they wish ("a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license (with the right to sublicense)").
LinkedIn. Can pretty much do as they wish with your data too. Oh, and your ideas, analyse them, commercialise them ("copy, prepare derivative works of, improve, distribute, publish, remove, retain, add, process, analyse, use and commercialise, in any way now known or in the future discovered..." )
Facebook. Hey this big company can do what they like too with your uploaded content. Don't want that any more? Deleted your profile? Shame all those other people interacted with your content, because Facebook is allowed to keep hold of it till all ties are gone.
Google is limited to operational, service improvements and promotional material. Google+ i'm not too sure on, but be my guest and read the terms then fill me in.
I personally use all of the above, and while the terms may be interesting and sometimes worrying, I already agreed to them, and can't change it now. Future terms are different, you may notice the app permissions on mobile phones the request things that they don't need. For example, why does a product listing site require access to all your contacts, phone calls, call history and SMS? I don't know why, and for that reason, I don't install them.
We pay 20% VAT on sunscreen as it is deemed a luxury!! With more than 100,000 people in UK diagnosed with skin cancer per year, Asda is calling on the Government to scrap tax on it. Please sign the e-petition at your.asda.com/dontgetburnt
Beginning today, AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon have all agreed to start spying on their users.
That's right. The US's largest Internet Service Providers are implementing a new "online infringement" plan to identify and punish, with virtually no due process, users suspected of downloading copyrighted content.
After a year of back room dealing with the MPAA and RIAA, the nation's top ISPs have agreed to use the so-called "Copyright Alert System" (or "Six Strikes") to go after customers suspected of file-sharing
Following a series of escalating warnings, the plan would allow ISPs to slow down, or "throttle," the Internet connection of suspected copyright violators.
And if you want to contest the accusation? That will cost you $35.
Today I got fed up with things like explorer not refreshing properly in windows 7, some programs not running properly, crashing, spending days trying to just get a mouse to work (Microsoft Intellipoint problems...), so I decided to install the windows 8 release preview.
This install process took no longer than 15 minutes from the moment I pressed the power button. The install took just over 10 minutes, then it started asking the usual first time set-up questions.
So, after 15 minutes I was then finally presented with this:
The Next Samsung Galaxy has arrived. The Samsung Galaxy S3 mobile phone is hotly tipped to be the smartphone of 2012. The 4.8 inch high definition display with Super AMOLED technology screens your movies in stunning detail. Combining the latest Android Ice Cream Sandwich with a 1.4GHz quad core processor, the Samsung Galaxy S3 lets you multitask extensively upon a responsive and easily customisable user interface. Take photos using the 8 megapixel camera with 1080p HD recording and share to your friend seamlessly across your favourite social networking sites. With a 16GB internal memory and cloud storage, access to your favouite multimedia to keep you entertained on the go. For those who desire the premium smartphone of 2012, choose the Samsung Galaxy S3.
Pre-order you Samsung Galaxy SIII now. Due out end of May 2012 from various places.
The HTC one x is now available for pre-order for expected launch in April 2012. It can be found here: in many places now
Information from HTC.com:
Extraordinary quad-core power gives you lightning-fast web browsing, remarkable picture quality and hyper-realistic gaming effects --all on a giant, 4.7-inch HD screen. Then there's the amazing camera that captures every moment with crisp, vivid, beautiful photos.
Size: 134.36 x 69.9 x 8.9 mm
Weight: 130 grams with battery
Display: HD 720p touch
Screen: 4.7-inch (1280 x 720 resolution)
Responsible department: Her Majesty's Treasury
High petrol and diesel prices are crippling our economy.
Many motorists now pay a tenth of their income just to fill up the family car, and millions of families are suffering.
Businesses are under immense pressure, especially the road freight industry. But petrol and diesel are now so astronomically expensive, it is COSTING the Government money. This is because fewer people can afford to drive, leading to lower tax revenues.
Therefore, this petition calls on the Government to:
1) Scrap the planned 4p fuel duty increases, which are scheduled for January and August 2012.
2) Create a price stabilisation mechanism that smooths out fluctuations in the pump price.
3) Pressure big oil companies to pass on cheaper oil to motorists.
4) Set up a Commission to look at market competitiveness, and radical ways of cutting fuel taxes in the longer term.
Sainsbury's is renaming its tiger bread after a letter a three-year-old girl wrote to the company, saying the bread looked more like a giraffe, went viral.
In May 2011, Lily Robinson wrote to the supermarket, suggesting that the bread should be called giraffe bread.
She received a letter back saying that renaming it was "a brilliant idea".
Her mother posted the letters on her blog and after it again became a topic of conversation on social media sites last week, the bread has been renamed.
Lily's letter said: "Why is tiger bread called tiger bread? It should be called giraffe bread. Love from Lily Robinson age 3 and 1/2".
Chris King from the Sainsbury's customer services team wrote back: "I think renaming tiger bread giraffe bread is a brilliant idea - it looks much more like the blotches on a giraffe than the stripes on a tiger, doesn't it?"
But he went on to explain how it had got its name: "It is called tiger bread because the first baker who made it a looong time ago thought it looked stripey like a tiger. Maybe they were a bit silly."...Read More
Several posts on other websites and twitter have come up, announcing that SOPA and PIPA have both been shelved.
Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) is putting the PROTECT IP Act on hold. "In light of recent events, I have decided to postpone Tuesday's vote on the PROTECT IP Act," he said in on twitter.
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), a sponsor of Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), followed and http://judiciary.house.gov/news/01202012.htmlannounced he would be delaying consideration of the legislation.
The idea behind these is likely to come back within a short period of time, however they are likely to be much more revised and probably wont be called SOPA and PIPA.
As proven yesterday with megaupload / megavideo, the acts aren't needed at the moment to take action. So the internet is safe for today, search engines can continue with their normal crawling, and socially generated sites (wiki, facebook, twitter.. etc) can stay as they are, the way the users like them.
President Obama has stated that he will not support the Bill. It has been decided that the house will revisit the bill next month, and that any future bills MUST be more narrowly focused.
“The voice of the Internet community has been heard,” said Issa. “Much more education for members of Congress about the workings of the Internet is essential if anti-piracy legislation is to be workable and achieve broad appeal.”- California congressman Darrell Issa
However, PIPA is still in line for later this month, and would still allow companies to sue on website copyright infringment. Obama has come out against both bills. The white house response can be found Here.
Today the Federal Bureau of Investigation has shut down Megaupload.com. So why do we need SOPA or PIPA? Megauploads 'leaders' have been charged with money laundering, conspiracy to commit copyright infringement, and some other charges about to piracy laws. So goodbye Megaupload, hopefully the Senates will realise SOPA and PIPA aren't needed, and the rest of the internet is kept the way it is.
Wikipedia, in the same way as other influential online brands like Facebook and Twitter, relies on user-generated content. It is therefore in the same danger bracket if SOPA legislation sinks its teeth in to the online encyclopedia.
The proposed laws are not clear-cut.
As one debater noted, Wikipedia is probably riddled with copyright violations. Unless Wikipedia was willing to spend an enormous budget â€” for which it doesnâ€™t have â€” regulating and checking every contribution, it probably wouldnâ€™t be able to survive in the online world of SOPA.
It seems to be an opinion in other countries than the U.S that the enforcement of this legislation wouldnâ€™t affect international sites. The U.S based company Verisign controls the .com, .net, and .org registries â€” which in turn makes SOPA an immediate, global issue, and not one purely restricted to U.S websites.
If the SOPA bill is passed in America, it is likely that other governments will follow suit.
The discussion prompted by Walesâ€™ straw poll has prompted interesting debate. A Wikipedia blackout could be used to promote knowledge of the proposed legislation, and allow internet users in other countries to become more aware of how the bill would eventually affect them.
Because it will. SOPA is not a U.S website central issue â€” it is a global concern.
However, the risk Wikipedia takes is moving from a politically-neutral platform.
If Wikipedia is willing to do this in order to protest legislation that may affect them, then perhaps using a blackout as a last resort may be a more sensible option. Or, on the other hand, staging a potential â€˜future Wikipedia scenarioâ€™ now might contribute to changes in the legislation before itâ€™s too late.
If the SOPA bill does come in to play, Wikipedia may end up on more than a voluntary, short-term blackout.