Following hot on the heels of the recent Heartbleed vulnerability, is this week’s announcement by e-commerce giant eBay that their database has been compromised. By the sounds of it, private information like usernames, email addresses and passwords were stolen.
The Heartbleed bug made headlines this week; it is a bug that can have serious repercussions. One security researcher compared it to leaving your front door unlocked for the past two years: anyone could have entered you house (server) without your knowledge.
Heading the news in IT today was not Microsoft’s final security update for Windows XP, but the announcement of a severe bug in the OpenSSL library. OpenSSL is used by many Internet servers to secure websites via SSL. The bug has left many servers vulnerable to exposing sensitive information such as user login.