Tech giants pledge millions to help prevent another Heartbleed

By Himanshu Arora ยท 6 replies
Apr 25, 2014
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  1. The who's who of tech companies have agreed to donate millions of dollars to help key, yet under-funded open source projects in the wake of the recent Heartbleed bug crisis. According to ArsTechnica, companies like Amazon, Cisco Systems, Facebook, Google,...

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  2. BlueDrake

    BlueDrake TS Evangelist Posts: 378   +112

    All it really took was, having a huge security flaw to wake the companies up. If they actually really thought about it, this might have been caught before it got to the public. It's like Sony and various other companies, you need a breach to remind you your security is flawed. Even if nothing really happened to various companies, it still doesn't mean something didn't in all this time. Just they only took the time to actually look, because of the widespread panic of people worried about their accounts or websites.
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  3. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    $2000 a year in donations to openSSL are you serious??? No wonder it happened thats pathetic when you think about it thats like what 1months wages for 1 programmer....
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  4. gamoniac

    gamoniac TS Guru Posts: 306   +73

    More like half a month of salary of a junior developer... and not including health insurance.
  5. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    In the UK health insurance isnt a thing, $2000 is the monthly income of a developer here.
  6. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    They better be.
  7. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,336   +843

    I don't get this heartbleed story, I understand that it's a hole in OpenSSL that can be used for hackers to steal stuff, but when they say "to prevent another heartbleed", what actually happened?

    Also, if they didn't fix this hole for such a long time, maybe it was made by someone on purpose, just a thought.

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