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PopWrapped | Technology

Tumblr Tells Loyal Fans It's Safe From The "Heartbleed" Internet Bug

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Updated 04/9/2014 8:36pm
Tumblr Tells Loyal Fans It's Safe From The
Courtesy of the LA Times

Kate McHale

Staff Writer

@KateMcHale42

If you are an avid user of Tumblr, you might want to change your password. There was a new discovery of a bug known as “Heartbleed” which gives hackers access to codes that would give them information such as users data and even their passwords. Tumblr sent out a message to their users urging them to change their password immediately, to avoid incurring the bug. "Heartbleed" also affects the OpenSSL security library, which is the technology used to secure websites that us HTTPS encryptions - in short, a lot of websites! Tumblr posted 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." Thankfully there is already a fix for the problem that has been issued. However though, it seems like there has been this issue or weakness in the OpenSSL system for about two years now. Yikes! Unfortunately it is impossible to see who the hacker was or, whether they have taken advantage of the stolen data. Tumblr also put one last statement out saying, “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." Only time will tell to see how badly the system has been hacked. But breathe a bit easier Tumblr users, as they stated there is no evidence that they were breached by the “Heartbleed” bug. Better safe than sorry though!

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