By now, most people should be aware of the security bug that threatened the privacy of Internet users referred to as HeartBleed. Despite numerous victims and concerns from customers, AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint can safely announce that they were not affected by the internet breach.
HeartBleed directly affects a built-in feature of OpenSSL called heartbeat. OpenSSL is used for security purposes on web servers in order to provide encrypted information to visitors. The data transferred is not meant to be seen by others while it travels from your computer to the website. For servers affected by the heartbleed bug, the hacker has the ability to make a request to the server and acquire data from the server’s memory beyond the initial total data request and as high as 65,536 bytes.
Each carrier released statements to reassure customers that preventative measures and checks have taken place. According to Verizon, “Our investigation is ongoing, and we continue to work with our vendors as they complete their own assessments.”. Only Android users with older operating system devices were most likely to be vulnerable.
Meanwhile, AT&T echoed the sentiment while encouraging customers to monitor their accounts and make password changes. As for Sprint, “We vigorously monitor our systems and we have a variety of security protocols and procedures in place to assess, monitor and prevent such impacts.”. T-Mobile touched on the same topic of assuring quality monitoring and no suspicious behavior in their network.
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