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The Latest Heartbleed Bug Bombshell: NSA Knows About it and Uses It

The US National Security Agency (NSA) reportedly knew about the Heartbleed bug flaw and regularly used it to gather critical intelligence, according to the Bloomberg news agency. Heartbleed is the name given to a software vulnerability in OpenSSL, an open-source cryptographic library widely used to secure Internet communications. OpenSSL is commonly used by Web servers, VPN software,…

Dodging the Bullet

When the point of sale terminals at Target were hacked last December, issuing banks (the banks that issued credit cards to consumers) were on the hook for millions of dollars it cost to reissue these credit cards to their customers and potentially for the cost of fraudulent charges on these stolen cards. So they went…