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    The word 'password' is pictured on a computer screen in this picture illustration taken in BerlinThey have to rely on the administrators of the websites they use,” said Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer with security software maker F-Secure of Helsinki. The bug has potential to affect users of some of the world's biggest websites because OpenSSL is used on about two-thirds of all web servers and has gone unnoticed for about two years. “On a scale of 1 to 11, it's about an 11,” well-known cryptologist Bruce Schneier said of the severity of the bug, speaking on the sidelines of the Source Security conference where he spoke on surveillance and security issues. “It's easy to do, it's so damaging and it leaves no trace.” It is possible that hackers stole the keys that encrypt traffic as it travels between web servers and Internet users, though researchers have yet to any evidence that actually happened, said Schneier, chief technology officer of Co3 Systems Inc. He called on Internet firms to revoke the certificates and keys used to encrypt Internet traffic with web browsers including Firefox, Microsoft Corp's Internet Explorer and Google Inc's Chrome.

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