Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th Apr 2014 20:21 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption

The U.S. National Security Agency knew for at least two years about a flaw in the way that many websites send sensitive information, now dubbed the Heartbleed bug, and regularly used it to gather critical intelligence, two people familiar with the matter said.

The NSA's decision to keep the bug secret in pursuit of national security interests threatens to renew the rancorous debate over the role of the government’s top computer experts.

I'm so surprised.

Update: NSA denies.

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Morgan
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2005-06-29

Just responding in kind; it's a flaw that I readily admit. It was a civil conversation until he made it personal.

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andrewclunn Member since:
2012-11-05

Look, you were right about the facts. That's clear now. My initial post was based on a premise that he still had and was able to leak information. That's not the case, as I now who since you provided information to the contrary.

However, read over your comment asserting your surprise at my ignorance. Now read Lorin's post below. That's how you tell somebody they're wrong, with specific, and without making sweeping judgments. I was wrong on the facts here, clearly, but I was not the one who turned this into a "flame war."

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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

I see why you took offense to that, and I'm sorry you took it personally. It was a generalization and not specifically aimed at you; I just have a pet peeve about people who speak from ignorance instead of reading about an issue first. I could definitely have left that out as it was more of a "crap, not another one" stream of consciousness than a deliberate dig at you. Again, I'm sorry about that.

However, I do think you were already in a negative state of mind based on the wording of your initial statement, and I get the feeling that you would have attacked me no matter what. I may be wrong about that, of course. Anyway, you've seen my "troll defense" side now; sorry you had to witness that.

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