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'Shellshock' Bug Exploits Spotted In The Real World

29/09/2014 12:06 BST | Updated 29/09/2014 12:59 BST

The 'Shellshock' bug discovered at the heart of a core operating system technology is already being exploited by hackers.

The BBC reports that real-world applications of the security problem have been found in the wake of the bug's discovery.

The problem affects the 'Bash' console in UNIX-based operating systems, including Mac OS X.

Experts say that "millions" of computers - including those which run websites and host servers - are vulnerable to the hack, and thousands have been compromised.

Machines by Akamai were among the first to be affected, according to the BBC.

Meanwhile security firm Kaspersky said that attackers were trying to gain control of servers and install 'backdoors' to open access to other information.

Zscaler has also issued warnings that it has spotted the bug in the wild, while the UK government has given the bug "the highest possible threat rating" via its cybersecurity response team.