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heartbleed jpeg‘Heartbleed’ Bug Internet Security Flaw (from Charles Schwab)

Charles Schwab became aware of the “Heartbleed” Bug vulnerability early this week and immediately initiated routine process of validating the security of their web environments with a focus on checking for this specific vulnerability. Efforts to date have not detected this vulnerability on Schwaballiance.com, Schwab.com, Schwabadvisorcenter.com or any of their online channels.

The “Heartbleed” Bug is a vulnerability in the OpenSSL encryption. This encryption is used in certain services and devices to secure Internet communications. SSL/TLS provides communication security and privacy over the Internet for applications such as web, email, instant messaging (IM) and some virtual private networks (VPNs).

If exploited, the “Heartbleed” Bug could allow someone to read the memory of the systems protected by the vulnerable versions of the OpenSSL software. This includes data such as names, passwords and other potentially sensitive information.

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