Computer experts around the world are scrambling to build a protection from Shellshock, the bug that could affect roughly two-thirds of all Web servers and give hackers complete backdoor access to your machines. That means hackers could use the bug to install whatever programs or malware they want on vulnerable gadgets. Luckily, software companies are beginning to release patches to protect against the bug. But, new discoveries are being made every day showing some computers are still at risk.
Shellshock is a bug that's present on computers that run about half a billion websites. Windows users are thought to be safe from Shellshock because the vulnerable software isn't used in most Microsoft systems. The vulnerability has actually been around for 22 years, but it was only discovered recently. Hackers have already created the first worm to take advantage of it and break into your computer.
In addition to computers and websites, Shellshock also targets your other gadgets connected to the Internet like printers and Wi-Fi routers. This weekend for example, I visited HP's support page to fix a printer and found this notice:
"HP is currently investigating this issue and takes cyber security threats very seriously. Please continue to monitor this page for additional updates. This page will be updated as more information becomes available."
So it appears even a tech giant like HP is trying to make sense of Shellshock.