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US government warns that cybercriminals could use Heartbleed

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is concerned cybercriminals could use 'Heartbleed' to steal personal information of Internet victims.

Published Sun, Apr 13 2014 5:01 PM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

The US government is increasingly concerned that cybercriminals will use Heartbleed to steal personal information, with the Department of Homeland Security asking corporate victims to step forward and report breaches.

US government warns that cybercriminals could use Heartbleed | TweakTown.com

The OpenSSL issue involved impacts two-thirds of all websites, with many companies frantically improving security to negate the threat.

"While there have not been any reported attacks or malicious incidents involving this particular vulnerability at this time, it is still possible that malicious actors in cyberspace could exploit unpatched systems," said Larry Zelvin, Department of Homeland Security National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center director, in a blog post.

Meanwhile, the NSA reportedly used Heartbleed for snooping activities, though government officials denied the accusation.

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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