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NSA used 'Heartbleed' to help snoop on Internet users

The NSA has been accused of using Heatbleed to snoop on Internet users, though the US government denies the Bloomberg report.

Published Sun, Apr 13 2014 3:20 AM CDT   |   Updated Mon, Oct 19 2020 8:15 PM CDT

A recent report published by Bloomberg says the NSA was familiar with Heartbleed and used the flaw to collect intelligence, choosing to stay silent not to compromise a valuable spying asset.

NSA used 'Heartbleed' to help snoop on Internet users | TweakTown.com

Around two-thirds of websites on the Internet have been affected by Heartbleed, and websites are scrambling to improve security.

Meanwhile, the federal government is denying using Heartbleed: "Reports that NSA or any other part of the government were aware of the so-called Heartbleed vulnerability before April 2014 are wrong," said Caitlin Hayden, National Security Council Spokeswoman, in a statement. "The Federal government was not aware of the recently identified vulnerability in OpenSSL until it was made public in a private sector cybersecurity report."

The NSA has received a large amount of criticism for its widespread, sophisticated spying activities - and this report might rekindle a fierce debate.

NEWS SOURCE:bloomberg.com

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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