In the early 1920s, the Enigma machine was a portable encryption machine with rotor scramblers used for encoding and decoding confidential messages. It was progressively developed over the decades to use additional rotors and technical complexity that boosted the incremental difficulty of cracking its codes. And so began an elegant, noble cat-and-mouse game between coders and decoders that has stood the test of time. Or so we've been led to believe...
There's a new security vulnerability in town. It's not even that new, we just didn't know about it until now. But it's a whopper and it threatens to impact everyone. If you've ever seen the little lock on your Web browser or read the words SSL or TLS, then you know that mechanisms are in place to secure our Internet existence. Well, our (false) sense of security has now been shattered by the discovery of a programming error in the Web's most popular encryption software,OpenSSL, that can cause security certificates, emails, passwords, transactions and sensitive data to fall into the wrong hands. How about them apples?
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