The impact of the most recent security bug dubbed "Shell Shock" or the "Bash" bug has the potential to be massive, security experts say. And unfortunately there's not much people can do to guard against it.
The bug affects Unix-based operating systems including Linux and Apple's Mac OS X and the exploit can be used by hackers to steal information, remotely take over computers and possibly even entire networks.
Specifically, the bug affects only Unix-based systems that use the language interpreter called Bash for commands.
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Here's what consumers and companies need to know about the bug.