NEW YORK

Researchers discover threat, advise changing passwords

Passwords, credit cards and other sensitive data are at risk after security researchers discovered a problem with an encryption technology used to securely transmit email, e-commerce transactions, social networking posts and other Web traffic.

Security researchers say the threat, known as Heartbleed, is serious, partly because it remained undiscovered for more two years. Attackers can exploit the vulnerability without leaving any trace. It’s not known, though, whether anyone has actually used it to conduct an attack.

Researchers are advising people to change all of their passwords.

WASHINGTON

Enriched by Obamacare, firms back GOP hopefuls

Several big corporations have reaped millions of dollars from the Affordable Care Act while supporting GOP candidates who vow to repeal the law.

Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid notes that Koch Industries received $1.4 million in federal subsidies from a now-expired provision of the sweeping health care law. Koch officials are helping fund TV ads attacking Democratic candidates for supporting President Obama’s health law.

Other companies that steer most of their contributions to Republicans have also received the subsidies: AT&T, UPS, Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline.

WASHINGTON

Feinstein opposes having CIA declassify torture report

The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee appealed to President Obama to reconsider his administration’s decision to task the CIA with editing a torture report, harshly critical of the agency’s treatment of terror suspects after the Sept. 11 attacks before it can be made public.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein said the White House should head the declassification process.

LOS ANGELES

Suspect in police shooting wanted to be cop, dad says

The father of a man suspected of shooting up a Los Angeles police station and wounding an officer says his son wanted to be a cop.

Danny Yealu told the Los Angeles Times that his son Daniel was a security guard who mentioned last year that he’d applied to a police academy.

Police say Yealu walked into a police station Monday night, told an officer “I have a complaint,” and opened fire with a handgun.

He was critically wounded by a desk officer who also was wounded.

– From news service reports