Internet security researchers use Heartbleed bug to target hackers | Fox News

Anti-malware researchers have turned the tables on cyber criminals by using the Heartbleed bug to gain access to online forums where hackers congregate.

The bug is a flaw in a key piece of security technology used by more than 500,000 websites had been exposing online passwords and other sensitive data to potential theft for more than two years.

Among the websites affected by the bug were private, password-protected hacker forums, Steven K, a French anti-malware researcher, told the BBC. The researcher said he was able to gain access to the sites by using specially-written tools to target them.

“Not many people have the ability to monitor this forum, but Heartbleed exposed everything,” Steven K added, referring to one such website.

Researchers can use the bug to grab conversations from chatrooms where hackers share data, but run the risk of facing criminal charges for malicious hacking, the BBC reports.

“This work just goes to show how serious Heartbleed is,” said Charlie Svensson, a computer security researcher at Sentor. “You can get the keys to the kingdom, all thanks to a nice little heartbeat query.”

Meanwhile, a new poll released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center said most Americans have been trying to protect themselves from the bug, but a group nearly as large is unaware of the threat.

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