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Heartbleed hits home at BCIT

The Heartbleed bug has hit close to home for BCIT students.

The school is requiring all students, staff and faculty to change their passwords by April 22 or their account will be locked.

The move is to ensure hackers can't gain access to personal information through a vulnerability in the OpenSSL security software used by institutions, government agencies and businesses around the world to protect their data. The software encrypts communication between a user's computer and a web server. It's used by about two-thirds of all websites and can be recognized by a little padlock that appears in a web browser during secured communications.

A statement on BCIT's website said the vulnerability had existed in computer systems for two years but it has no idea if any information was compromised during that time. The problem has since been patched.

 

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