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September 29, 2014

Shellshock: The Latest Digital Security Threat You Need to Know

A new digital security vulnerability has been identified which some experts feel is an even bigger threat than the recent Heartbleed bug.

This new bug, referred to as “Shellshock,” allows hackers to take over private servers and could ultimately affect millions of end users. Hackers could use Shellshock to damage websites and steal sensitive information, as well as to engage in other nefarious network activity.

Right now the extent of the damage caused by the Shellshock bug is not fully known. But we do know that Shellshock primarily affects operating systems that use Bash software. This software is commonly found on Linux, Unix and Mac OS X operating systems. Shellshock does not affect those using Windows PCs or phones, or websites built using Microsoft software. 

While several patches have been released that aim to fix the security hole, millions of hackers are still working overtime trying to exploit the bug and gain access to exposed servers while there is still time. Part of the problem is that the Shellshock vulnerability was hidden in a rarely used feature of the Bash software, which allowed it to go undetected for a long time. So the majority of damage may have already been done.

Since the problem primarily affects network servers and not individual computers, there is very little that IT professionals can do to solve the problem. If your business uses Mac OS X, Unix or Linux operating systems, you are encouraged to contact a professional network troubleshooting service that can assist you in regaining control over your servers.

Click here for more information about how Apex managed IT services in Norwalk, CT can help your business avoid complications from the new Shellshock bug. 

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