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NSA reportedly exploited Heartbleed for years, leaving us all at risk

Zach Epstein
April 11th, 2014 at 3:13 PM
NSA Heartbleed

The odds are good that no one will be surprised to learn that the National Security Agency knew about the Heartbleed OpenSSL vulnerability that affected 66% of the entire Internet at the time of its discovery. The allegation that the NSA used the security hole itself to spy on targets might not be terribly shocking either. What is pretty surprising — and appalling — however, is the fact that Bloomberg is reporting the NSA knew about the huge vulnerability for “at least two years” and did nothing, leaving us all at risk.

More details can be found in Bloomberg’s report, which is linked below in our source section.

Head here for more on Heartbleed and instructions on what to do if you might be affected. A plugin that can alert you when you visit sites that are still impacted by Heartbleed can be found here.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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