Heartbleed Security Bug

posted by Marie Dalton - Head of European Marketing10 Apr 2014

As some of you may be aware there have been reports in the media about a global security bug affecting most of the internet. This bug named Hearbleed, in reference to exploiting the Heartbeat of the communication, affects approximately 66% of the internet including Yahoo, Facebook and Google. This has been picked up by various news channels, including the BBC

In response to this severe threat Tradedoubler has taken action and assures all publishers partners and advertisers that your data is protected. In the interest of proactively protecting client data we are asking all users to consider resetting their passwords.

Q:  Is my data now safe?

A: Tradedobuler installed the security patch that removed the vulnerability from all systems. 

Q:  Is this problem unique to Tradedoubler?

A:  No. This security exploit is two years old and affects 66% of the internet.  It is a bug with the library OpenSSL handling secure connections between clients.

Q:  What happens if data was stolen before the security patch was installed?

A:  This is unlikely, but to close the loop on this we asking that all users to consider resetting their passwords. As a publisher please also check your banking data.

Q: What could be affected by this bug?

A:  In relation to Tradedoubler the main threat is around your usernames and passwords. In a wider scale this might include your banking, social media and email passwords, or data stored somewhere else.

Q: Who do I contact if I have additional questions?

A: If you have any questions or concerns please contact our Chief Data Officer Jeff Johnston (jeff.johnston@tradedoubler.com) or your local account managers.

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