On April 8, security researchers announced the discovery of the Heartbleed Bug, a security flaw in OpenSSL (a popular data encryption standard) that gives hackers who know about it the ability to extract massive amounts of data from many online services used by the public every day.

Infotrends takes your privacy and security of your personal information very seriously. At Infotrends, we want to assure you that your personal information in our systems was not, and will not be, jeopardized by this security vulnerability. We do not use the OPENSSL certificates that this security flaw is affecting.

Some popular sites that may have been affected include: The CRA, which shut down its online tax filing capabilities for Canadians on Wednesday; Yahoo; Flickr; OkCupid, Eventbrite; Indiegogo; Imgu and many others.

The breakdown revealed this week affects the encryption technology that is supposed to protect online accounts for e-mails, instant messaging and a wide range of electronic commerce. Security researchers who uncovered the threat are particularly worried about the breach because it went undetected for more than two years.

What is the Heartbleed Bug?

The Heartbleed Bug is a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. This weakness allows stealing the information protected, under normal conditions, by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the Internet. SSL/TLS provides communication security and privacy over the Internet for applications such as web, email, instant messaging (IM) and some virtual private networks (VPNs).

If you have any questions or would like to know more about the Heartbleed Bug, please visit http://heartbleed.com

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