Since yesterday, I have been reading heartbleed bug and related articles and was able to change passwords for most of my mail accounts and social networking accounts but today I received a notification from Microsoft’s Hotmail account that there is an unusual activity or sign in activity and there is only one thing that I can think of Hotmail was one of the casualties of this bug.
Below is the message from Microsoft Team:
So I immediately, change my password and in order to do that I will need to pass security questions and all that but I managed to change password anyway. So, if you haven’t changed your password do it now. Changing password is one way of preventing your account information vulnerable to hackers out on the loose. When I was able to change my password and check my inbox, here’s what I found:
There are sign-in activities on 4/11/2014 in United States, Ukraine, and Venezuela so this confirms that Hotmail is doing security patches already to stop this bug. I do like Hotmail account because so far for me this is one of the most secured email account for free.
To know more about HeartBleed Bug read below:
The Heartbleed Bug is a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. This weakness allows stealing the information protected, under normal conditions, by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the Internet. 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).
The Heartbleed bug allows anyone on the Internet to read the memory of the systems protected by the vulnerable versions of the OpenSSL software. This compromises the secret keys used to identify the service providers and to encrypt the traffic, the names and passwords of the users and the actual content. This allows attackers to eavesdrop on communications, steal data directly from the services and users and to impersonate services and users.
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Additional information can be found here:
Heartbleed: Who Was Affected, What to Do Now