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Shellshock Software Flaw Causes Concern

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The National Institutes of Standards and Technology have rated a new software flaw nicknamed Shellshock a ten out of ten threat factor.  Back in September, it was announced that Shellshock could affect around 70% of internet connected device, as it could allow hackers to create botnets that could remotely lift data from the public’s smartphones and computers.

A number of patches were released to try and fix the error; however, they have so far been unsuccessful. Akamai, a cloud service specialist, monitored their network and found over 22,000 IP addresses had been attacked.  The majority of the attacks went after; online gambling sites, travel agencies, video streaming sites and consumer electronic sites.

 

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by Kelly Kelly