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NSA and HeartBleed Reportedly in a Two-Year Relationship, Despite NSA Denial

The National Security Agency (NSA) disappoints once again: Bloomberg reports NSA knew about the HeartBleed bug for ...

NSA and HeartBleed Reportedly in a Two-Year Relationship, Despite NSA Denial

The National Security Agency (NSA) disappoints once again: Bloomberg reports NSA knew about the HeartBleed bug for nearly two years before it made the news public last week. Apparently, nothing was done about it. The Internet is swirling with people’s outrage and discontent about the NSA’s negligence towards protecting private data, and even worse, exploiting it.

 

HeartBleed is a security-threat bug that makes servers unsafe, revealing sensitive data such as bank account details, emails, usernames, and passwords. This critical flaw in OpenSSL was, reportedly, first discovered in 2012.

 

Right after Bloomberg’s report came out, the NSA went on to deny the accusations in an official statement, saying, “NSA was not aware of the recently identified vulnerability in OpenSSL, the so-called Heartbleed vulnerability, until it was made public in a private sector cybersecurity report.”

 

They went on to say, “The Federal government was not aware of the recently identified vulnerability in OpenSSL until it was made public in a private sector cybersecurity report,” and that “The Federal government relies on OpenSSL to protect the privacy of users of government websites and other online services.”

 

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The NSA’s mission is to search for flaws in security. Some experts claim, however, that the NSA takes advantage of such vulnerabilities and stresses their significance in intelligence gathering.

 

“Guilty” or not, the NSA has used this week-old security vulnerability to make use of many services, enabling the agency access to two-thirds of encrypted web servers. And, if the allegations prove to be true, the NSA has, in fact, had access to a lot more basic data.

 

Edward Snowden, the agency’s former contractor, leaked classified documents over the past year that revealed the agency’s snooping into the privacy and security of Internet users. Just recently, Snowden made a Beam Bot Robot appearance in Vancouver’s TED conference, discussing issues of Internet security and the future under NSA’s surveillance.

 

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