Survey: 'Heartbleed' spooks 39 pct of Web surfers

Apr 30, 2014

A new survey has found that most Americans who recently learned about a major breakdown in Internet security have been trying to protect themselves but a group nearly as large is unaware of the threat.

The findings released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center provide a gauge on how Web surfers have been responding to a computer bug nicknamed "Heartbleed" that affected more than 500,000 websites.

After word of the problem got out April 7, security specialists recommended Web surfers change their online passwords.

Thirty-nine percent of the 1,501 adults polled by Pew said they had changed their passwords or closed online accounts.

But 36 percent of the Internet users participating in the survey hadn't heard about Heartbleed at all.

The survey was taken from April 23 to April 27.

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