Encryption Keys Vulnerable to Heartbleed Bug

Security professionals demonstrated last weekend that the recently disclosed Heartbleed bug can be exploited to allow criminals and intelligence agencies to make off with one of the most sought-after prizes in hacking: the private keys that websites rely on to decrypt sensitive information, including passwords, banking details and health data. At least six people were able to extract the private key of a website in a test of the bug’s viability organized by CloudFlare Inc., said Nick Sullivan, a security architect with the Internet security company.