Google vulnerability researcher Tavis Ormandy discovered major websites were inadvertently exposing data while working on a side project last week.
The so-called “cloudbleed” vulnerability he found took the security community by storm when it was released Thursday night.
The residents of a rural mining town discover that an unfortunate chemical spill has caused hundreds of little spiders to mutate overnight to the size of SUVs.
It's then up to mining engineer Chris Mc Cormack and Sheriff Sam Parker to mobilize an eclectic group of townspeople, including the Sheriff's young son, Mike, her daughter, Ashley, and paranoid radio announcer Harlan, into battle against the bloodthirsty eight-legged beasts.
Its nickname — an homage to the Heartbleed bug — made a lot of people nervous.
But while it’s technically similar to the 2014 bug that compromised the security of large swaths of the internet, the vulnerability that Ormandy discovered has less impact on consumers.
The great thing about this title is it sets up the film perfectly--it's a parody, and a surprisingly entertaining and hilarious and fun one, too.
And there is nothing wrong with a harmless prank, especially if the victim is anyone but you.
Another handy prank file is the fake Blue Screen of Death (BSOD).
A fake BSOD simulates a full system crash, down to the final blue screen. Simply download bsod.txt, and rename the file, adding the file extension.
"You can get the random snapshots of data out of memory, and in some cases they'll contain nothing," Dan Tentler, founder and CEO of security consulting firm The Phobos Group, told CNNTech.
"In some cases, they'll contain snippets of private conversations happening on a service that is using Cloudflare." In a series of posts describing his discovery, Ormandy said he was able to find "private messages from major dating sites, full messages from a well-known chat service, online password manager data, frames from adult video sites [and] hotel bookings." The bug had existed since September.