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April 11, 2014 - 2:02 pm

Well, this is just great. The Heartbleed security flaw impacts a whole lot of web sites that everyone believed were secure. The NSA knew about it at least two years ago, but rather than alert Americans (and the rest of the world, of course) about it so that we could protect ourselves, No Such Agency decided that the flaw was a feature, and not a bug.

Heartbleed appears to be one of the biggest glitches in the Internet’s history, a flaw in the basic security of as many as two-thirds of the world’s websites. Its discovery and the creation of a fix by researchers five days ago prompted consumers to change their passwords, the Canadian government to suspend electronic tax filing and computer companies including Cisco Systems Inc. to Juniper Networks Inc. to provide patches for their systems.

Putting the Heartbleed bug in its arsenal, the NSA was able to obtain passwords and other basic data that are the building blocks of the sophisticated hacking operations at the core of its mission, but at a cost. Millions of ordinary users were left vulnerable to attack from other nations’ intelligence arms and criminal hackers.

What’s our government supposed to do? Oh right, provide for the common defense of its citizens. One would think that defending citizens against criminal hackers and who knows who internationally would have been part of that. Apparently not.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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"What’s our government supposed to do? Oh right, provide for the common defense of its citizens"
But isn't that part of the bother? We didn't tell them what to do to keep us safe. So they got to make it up as they went along, and the meaning of "safe" sifted to their preference.
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Nothing on the internet is secure :)

Never has been :)
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Sez nobody who'll go on the record.
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That patch they got in such a short period of time ?? that fix ? You think your stuff is still safe ??? they are just making you think that it is. They added scripts in the fix to still gather that information. how naive can people actually be to even trust our government ??
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I would not be at all surprised to find out that the NSA used Heartbleed to catch those brothers from Boston. :)
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"Never let a good crisis go to waste."
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