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Heartbleed Bug Poses Serious Threat to Many Websites

Heartbleed LogoEarlier this week, security researchers discovered a serious vulnerability in the OpenSSL cryptographic library, which is used to protect many web sites including Facebook, Gmail, and Yahoo. The flaw is known popularly as the Heartbleed Bug and allows anyone to view usernames, email, and passwords sent to these sites.

Lifehacker has an informative blog post summarizing how this affects an average Internet user, the next steps users should take, and what popular websites are affected. Mashable also has a chart of potentially affected websites and their responses to the threat.