What is the Heartbleed Bug?

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. The Heartbleed bug allows anyone on the Internet to read the memory of the systems protected by the vulnerable versions of the OpenSSL software.

This compromises the secret keys used to identify the service providers and to encrypt the traffic, the names and passwords of the users and the actual content. This allows attackers to eavesdrop on communications, steal data directly from the services and users and to impersonate services and users.

First, to address the issue and mitigate the vulnerability on WCCU firewalls, our IT Security firm engineers began working through all managed firewalls adding a special intrusion prevention (IPS) rule. This was completed by early afternoon on 4/9/2014 and prevents the Heartbleed Bug traffic from accessing any systems protected by the firewall. Second, Is “It’s Me 247”, our Online Banking service, affected? No – CU*Answers ensures us that it has been tested and that It’s Me 247 is safe from this attack.

As always, WCCU encourages everyone to change his/her password on a regular basis to help ward off any intrusions that may occur from the various sources. WCCU has worked diligently with both our IT security firm and our Data Processor and other service providers to ensure your information is safe.