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New PC bug 'Shellshock' doing the rounds

Experts say this bug is far worse than previous scares or the 'Heartbleed bug'.

Laptop. Picture: www.sxc.hu.

JOHANNESBURG - Local technology experts have warned a new computer bug known as 'Shellshock', which allows someone else control over your electronics without any permission, is doing the rounds.

The bug is said to be threatening the internet's backbone.

Experts say this bug is far worse than previous scares or the " Heartbleed bug".

Calls have also been made for users not to make any online purchases using credit cards for the next few days.

Stuff Magazine Editor Toby Shapshak says, "It affects the servers we connect to, anything running could be exposed, Linux could be exposed, there's been fear Apple's computers could be exposed. Apple released a statement saying only people who turned on very advanced Unix settings could be exposed. But this is very severe."

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