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Worst ever computer bug: Tech panic spreads as governments & industry rush to protect Internet!

Worst ever computer bug: Tech panic spreads as governments & industry rush to protect Internet!
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Yesterday, I brought you breaking news about the dangerous new “Bash” bug. Turns out the media is now calling it "Shellshock," and it’s even bigger than the wildest estimates. With this bug, hackers can invade half a billion websites and even more gadgets, including your Wi-Fi router.

This hack is so massive that it even has governments worldwide running scared. That's because a flaw in how most devices connect to the Internet allows a hacker complete access. Some reports estimate at least 63% of all Internet devices are in danger. Frankly, with many gadgets at risk, Shellshock could potentially bring down the Internet.

Don't know what Shellshock is? Check out my coverage of this dangerous hack yesterday to get up to speed.

From what is known now, which unfortunately is actually very little, computers powered by Microsoft Windows are safe. But there are basically three areas that can affect you. The Web servers that run websites - perhaps a half billion or so - are vulnerable, which puts your banking and shopping info at risk. Your Internet-connected devices, such as Wi-Fi routers, may be at risk. And every Apple computer is also susceptible to the virus.

So susceptible, in fact, that hackers can even open and close your CD drive at will. While fixes are being rushed as we speak, your Apple computer might already be secretly enslaved by hackers.

Next page: Find out if your computer is infected and how to stay safe.
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