Cyberattacks September (II) 2011 – Hackers break SSL encryption used by millions of sites
Researchers have discovered a serious weakness in virtually all websites protected by the secure sockets layer protocol that allows attackers to silently decrypt data that’s passing between a webserver and an end-user browser.
Reported that SSL encryption used by millions of sites had been broken. The vulnerability resides in versions 1.0 and earlier of TLS, or transport layer security, the successor to the secure sockets layer technology that serves as the internet’s foundation of trust. Although versions 1.1 and 1.2 of TLS aren’t susceptible, they remain almost entirely unsupported in browsers and websites.
Analysis & Impacts:
All SSL Web sites that make use of version 1.0 or earlier version of TLS will be vulnerable to eavesdropping by hackers who are able to control the connection between the end user and the website he’s visiting.
More information on this newly discovered SSL vulnerability can be found in these links: