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New Heartbleed attacks routers and Android phones, tablets and gadgets

New Heartbleed attacks routers and Android phones, tablets and gadgets
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I told you Heartbleed wasn't done yet. Now, a cousin of the widespread Heartbleed bug is attacking Android phones, tablets and other gadgets by tapping into routers over Wi-Fi. You see, the Heartbleed bug was only on the Web. This new one attacks over Wi-Fi.

A Portuguese security researcher says the new attack either pulls private data from routers directly or uses a malicious router to get the data off any Android devices as they connect to the network. That's a big problem. When you are out and about, how will you know which routers are safe?

This new attack, called Cupid, is probably not as wide-ranging as Heartbleed, but still is a threat.

More broadly, it's a reminder that the security world is still working through the various effects of Heartbleed. Even after the central servers have been patched, researchers can discover more obscure attacks that go after less obvious targets.

(By the way, if you are not sure what Heartbleed is, don't fret. Here's what you need to do right now to protect yourself from Heartbleed.)

The bottom-line is this: If you have an Android phone, tablet or other gadget, you should get this free Heartbleed detector app right now. It's free and it will help you. What more do I need to say?

 

 

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Source: The Verge
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