Heartbleed. It’s a word that almost instantly became synonymous with unprotected software and malicious attacks. We live in a world where the lifeblood of communication, productivity, and innovation relies heavily upon the interconnectivity of machines. Amoral electrical impulses flood our world with data and knowledge, with the moral use of those signals lying solely with the user. Herein lies the greatest challenge to modern day computing: known as blackhat hackers, these netizens carry the unique distinction of causing mayhem online, whether through identity theft, website defacement, or sailing the burgeoning seas of bitcoin theft. Heartbleed is the most recent high-profile bug, and one which allows hackers to carry out malicious attacks on unsuspecting companies and users.

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