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Why is Heartbleed called Heartbleed?

12
Apr
2014

After a week of unescapable coverage on tech blogs and news sites, it’s probably safe to say most of us now know what Heartbleed is. The positively terrifying OpenSSL vulnerability affected an estimated 66% of the entire Internet at the time of its discovery, and passwords for many big sites including Yahoo, Flickr and thousands more were at risk. Sure, we all know what Heartbleed is, and now, thanks to a simple browser plugin, we know how to avoid websites affected by Heartbleed. What most people don’t know, however, is how Heartbleed got its name. In an interview with Vocativ, Codenomicon CEO David Chartier gave the world the backstory on Heartbleed, including exactly how and why the bug got its name. Codenomicon is a cybersecurity company based

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