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Cooperation pays off; Heartbleed no longer a threat to WVU computers

Thanks to the cooperation of IT professionals across campus, the encryption technology threat called Heartbleed was eliminated from all University-owned computers in less than a month.

Information Security Services Director Alex Jalso thanks all IT managers and staff for their help in quickly tackling a problem that had affected as many as 191 machines at any one time.

Heartbleed went undiscovered more than two years and involved the open-source SSL/TLS technology that creates a small, closed padlock and “https:” on browsers to show that Internet communications are secure. All Internet communication, including passwords, credit card information and other sensitive data, could have been at risk even if the padlock was closed.