HEARTBLEED BUG ANNOUNCEMENT
Message from Freedom Mortgage Information Technology Security Team:
The Heartbleed bug has been making headlines in news outlets across the globe this week. This bug is not a virus nor is it a piece of malware that can be installed on your computer.
The bug comes from an application used by many web service providers called OpenSSL, which is used to encrypt data for transmission across the internet.
This vulnerability allows access to your username, password, and any other data that is transmitted between your computer and the “secure” website. There are many websites that are known to be vulnerable at this time. Some examples of major sites that have been affected include:
- Intuit Turbo Tax
Freedom Mortgage Websites are NOT vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug.
What you can do to protect yourself:
It has been reported that this vulnerability has been active for approximately 3 years and was publically disclosed this week.
Therefore if you have accessed sites that may be vulnerable to the Heartbleed BUG, we urge everyone in the Freedom Mortgage community to take the necessary measures to apply corrective actions immediately.
Information Technology Team