If it’s a big enough threat to scare the taxman, it should be big enough to scare everyday users, too.
By any definition, news that two-thirds of all web servers on the planet are at greater risk of being compromised by hackers because of the recently identified Heartbleed vulnerability ranks as one of the most significant online security events in recent history.
The taxman runneth
With millions of Canadians filing their tax returns online, the Canada Revenue Agency decided to temporarily shut down access to its publicly facing taxpayer services while it worked behind the scenes to update its web servers. It’s a concrete example of how much is at stake as consumers shift more activities – like retail purchases, e-filing tax returns and other government services – online.
But let’s put this news into perspective: This is a vulnerability, or an acknowledged weakness in the code that runs web servers. It isn’t a breach or an attack. To the best of the knowledge of the researchers whoRead More »from 'Heartbleed' fallout could drive fundamental change