#CyberFLASH: Heartbleed internet bug may not affect wi-fi

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The Heartbleed Internet bug is still haunting websites worldwide, but it looks like public Wi-Fi is pretty safe.

That doesn’t mean you should start banking on an open network — that’s still dangerous.

However, you can connect your laptop or smartphone at most coffee shops, hotels and airports without worrying about hackers exploiting the Heartbleed bug on a Wi-Fi router to spy on you.

Most of the Wi-Fi devices used in public spaces are made by Cisco or Ruckus Wireles, and both companies say that hardware wasn’t susceptible to the bug in security software.

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#CyberFLASH: Heartbleed bug shows governments slow to react

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The revelation Monday that the social insurance numbers of 900 Canadians were stolen from the website of the Canada Revenue Agencylast week has raised yet more questions about the government’s response to the Heartbleed computer bug.

Researchers in Canada’s online security community say that the Heartbleed breach is evidence that government is often not as well equipped as private companies to detect and react quickly to online security threats.

The government “was really slow on this,” says Christopher Parsons, a post-doctoral fellow at the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.

“If you look at Yahoo, it had begun updating its security practices prior to the CRA fully taking action. The same thing with other larger companies. As soon as they saw what was going on, they immediately reacted and issued public statements.”

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