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Password problems caused by new online virus

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 28, 2014

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A WARNING has been issued to people in Burton and South Derbyshire over a online ‘bug’ that could reveal personal information to others.

Trading standards officers in Staffordshire and Derbyshire urged people in both areas to be ‘on their guard’ after issues were report with regard to popular anti-virus software Norton AntiVirus, Norton Internet Security and Norton 360.

A spokesman said: ““e distributed updates to these impacted products to stop and block the bug known as ‘Heartbleed’.

“Heartbleed is a bug in some versions of OpenSSL, a set of software tools used widely across the web for security.

“This bug may reveal your name, passwords and other private information.

“If you visited a website that uses a vulnerable version of OpenSSL during the last two years, your personal information may be compromised.

“You can use a special tool by visiting http://safeweb.norton.com/heartbleed to check if a particular website is currently impacted.”

Trading standards chiefs have urged people to change their passwords ‘just in case’.

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