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Federal regulators are advising banks to take steps to protect their systems from the Heartbleed Internet security flaw that could put sensitive customer information at risk.

A group of regulators, including the Federal Reserve, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, said that banks should upgrade their systems to protect customer information.

Heartbleed is a flaw in a security measure used on many on-line banking and retail websites. This measure, called OpenSSL, encrypts data to keep it safe from intruders trying to steal confidential information, such as bank routing or credit card numbers.

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