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"Freak" Flaw Poses A Bigger Security Risk Than Thought

More than just Safari and Android are susceptible.
"Freak" Flaw Poses A Bigger Security Risk Than Thought

More recently however, Microsoft warns that millions of people are at risk of losing data, regarding of operating system.

The most recent security malware to garner international popularity has been “Freak”, the bug that is found in software used to encrypt data passing between web servers and web users. Announced only several days ago, it was initially believed that only some Android and Blackberry phones were at risk, as well as Apple’s Safari web browser. More recently however, Microsoft warns that millions of people are at risk of losing data, regarding of operating system.

Discovered by security expert Karthikeyan Bhargavan, the Freak bug allows attackers to force data traveling between a vulnerable site and a visitor using weak encryption, which makes the data and sensitive information easier to steal.

Current reports suggest that the Freak malware is susceptible to 9.5% of the top one million websites currently online.

Current reports suggest that the Freak malware is susceptible to 9.5% of the top one million websites currently online.

For now, Apple has stated it will launch an update next week. Google has already updated a version of Chrome for Macs, but has not yet made a date for those running on Android. Microsoft states that all those using Internet Explorer on Windows is vulnerable.

To date, Microsoft claims that there has been no suggestion of exploitation to the vulnerability by cybercriminals.

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