As you may have heard, there is a new internet-wide security vulnerability called the Heartbleed bug which affects a cryptography framework used by many web sites and applications to securely transmit data between web browsers and servers. Since news of this bug has received a lot of attention, we wanted to make sure our clients and media customers are aware that the Heartbleed bug does not impact the products and services that you receive from Business Wire.
Heartbleed is a flaw in encryption software, specifically OpenSSL software, used by more than half of all websites globally. This flaw provides unrestricted access to customer logins and passwords. To help consumers identify which accounts are vulnerable, McAfee launched http://tif.mcafee.com/heartbleedtest, a free tool that allows users to see if a site is safe, or not.
Any persons with accounts on these identified platforms must change their password, as soon as the site has added the required patch. It is important to note that changing your password before the patch is updated will not help.
Business Wire does not operate the affected version of OpenSSL software that is vulnerable to this bug on any of our Internet-facing web servers or software applications that transmit, store, or process client data. Rest assured that your communications with us are secure and we work hard to protect your information. At Business Wire, we pride ourselves on our commitment to deliver reliability, performance, and security that you have come to expect from us, and the Heartbleed bug is no exception to that rule.
To learn more about how to change your password, here is a link to our recent blog on password etiquette.
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