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SSL Bug Found in Apple Operating Systems


February 24, 2014

Security researchers and experts discovered a coding flaw late last week in the operating systems that run Apple’s mobile devices and computers that could allow hackers to circumvent encrypted connections, Reuters reports. A single line in the software omitted commands to authenticate an encrypted website’s certificate, meaning hackers could impersonate sites and capture all the electronic data being communicated by users. Cryptography expert Matthew Green said, “It’s as bad as you could imagine; that’s all I can say.” Apple has offered a software update for mobile devices and said it would release a patch for Mac computers “very soon.” The bug has allegedly been present for months, and some have questioned whether it was a spy’s attempt to create a “back door” into the devices.
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