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As you may have seen in the Chronicle for Higher Education a world-wide security vulnerability named “Heartbleed Bug” was discovered on April 7. Researchers found a flaw in one of the tools used to secure Internet traffic. That tool, called OpenSSL, is responsible for providing security on the Internet. The bug allows an attacker to capture usernames, passwords, and pretty much any other information.
Information Technology Services has evaluated centrally-managed servers and there is no evidence that any of the core critical IT services use OpenSSL. Therefore none of the core systems are vulnerable to the “Heartbleed Bug” security risk.
Users are advised to exercise caution with other websites they may visit. To ensure that other websites are secure, users can test them with Heartbleed Test Site.
We anticipate a new wave of phishing messages using this vulnerability as an excuse to steal login credentials and compromise accounts. Beware of spam messages.
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org—this address is monitored daily. In the event no one is available to answer your call, your questions will still be acknowledged and resolved.