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The U.S. government Friday warned banks, infrastructure operators and other organizations to be on alert for hackers seeking to take advantage of the "Heartbleed" bug to steal data from vulnerable networks.On a website for advising critical infrastructure operators about emerging cyber threats, the Department of Homeland Security asked organizations to report any Heartbleed-related attacks.The Department of Homeland Security is working with federal, state and local governments to uncover and mitigate potential threats, Larry Zelvin, director of the DHS's National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, said separately in a blog post on the White House website Friday.OpenSSL software is used with SSL technology to encrypt traffic, using digital certificates and "keys" to keep information secure while it is in transit over the Internet and corporate networks.The vulnerability went undetected for several years, leading security experts to warn that hackers had likely stolen some of those certificates and keys, which means their data has long been vulnerable to spying.
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