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Are we ready for another Heartbleed?

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Are we ready for another Heartbleed?

Heartbleed, the bug that shook the Internet to its foundations, went undetected for two years until its discovery early this month. The bug is an Open SSL cryptographic library flaw that allows hackers to steal sensitive information like passwords, bank and credit card data, social security numbers and emails of just about anyone. It has affected 66% of all websites including popular sites such as, Facebook, Google, Yahoo!, Dropbox, and others. Companies have scrambled to patch their sites and advised users to change their passwords immediately as a precautionary measure. But since the Heartbleed bug has existed for two years without detection, it raises the bigger question: what can the security community do in the future to detect similar threats sooner?