It was bad enough when mega-retail giants such as Sally Beauty, Nieman Marcus and Target were getting hacked by random cyberattacks.
Now, with the latest security threat—Heartbleed—rampaging boundlessly, all are at risk; even those that never shopped at the aforementioned stores.
Over the last few days, it has come to light that Heartbleed’s reach extends into systems not normally identified as computer networks.
Thus, its penchant for infiltrating Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition or (“SCADA” Systems for short) was first unearthed.
So, add industrial computers to the long list of systems effected by Heartbleed’s rampage. It may be a while yet before we learn how deep this rabbit hole really goes…
As long as we are all in the dark about Heartbleed’s depth, it becomes that much more difficult to combat. What we need is to learn more about the problem itself…
And what better source is there for information on a topic than from the actual threat itself? NetBoundary had the opportunity to sit down with the malicious virus known as Heartbleed (that occasionally refers to itself as “Heart-bizzle”) for a little, ahem, heart-to-heart.
NetBoundary: Hey, what gives? You were supposed to be here over an hour ago.
Heartbleed: Oh yes. Well, normally I just hitch a ride via an OpenSSL but I see you have upgraded to the latest secure version. So I had to walk. Nasty weather here in Texas.
NetBoundary: So, is Heartbleed even your real name?
HeartBleed: (laughs diabolically) No, of course not. That’s just my street name. No one knows my real name…I earned my name by infiltration of the heartbeat extension (RFC6520) of the TLS/DTLS (transport layer security protocols).
NB: Okay, that’s vaguely interesting. C’mon, we’ve got to know your real name. The people demand it!
H.B.: Did not Benjamin Franklin once say that the process of successful invention is predicated by positive failures?
NB: I don’t follow.
HB: Meaning, learning what does not work gets one closer to understanding what does work…For example, my name IS NOT Ryan Seacrest (diabolical laugh).
Thus, I have successfully narrowed down the possible variables to enhance your chance of selecting the correct outcome. You are welcome.
NB: Isn’t your real name “CVE-2014-0160” ?
HB:(taken aback) How did you find that out?
NB: I hacked it.
HB: That is cute. Look, can we speed this up I have places to go and passwords to pillage…
NB: Why do you laugh in such a, well, diabolical manner so often?
HB: I did not know there was any other way!(laughs diabolically)
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