i think everyone needs to stop, breathe, and take a step back from the panic.. there is a lexis-nexis between the nsa*, darpa**, the rand corporation***, and research universities like mit.. before we all go ape shit kookoo bananas over the heartbleed flaw in the internet open-ssl encryption code****, we need to watch, or re-watch war games.. the matthew broderick cold-war-is-bad-because-nobdy-wins flick from the 80s..
remember that during the whole edward snowden media frenzy, the nsa announced quietly that they had "broken" the open-ssl encryption code and were using it to quietly national security us out of our privacy.. now there are reports that suggest the heartbleed flaw was the what and how the nsa broke the o-ssl in the first place. well it wouldnt surprise me to learn that some geek at mit or darpa created heartbleed as a backdoor into the o-ssl encryption code back in the 70's or 80's.. you know, maybe even the late 60's when the whole interweb thing was being invented by the government. if we learned anything from war games besides the fact that ally sheedy is a terrible actress, its that geeks, code writers/computer engineers always put in a "back door", even if just for shits and grins. this time, the spaz that did it now works or did work at nsa and simply exploited a "flaw" that he created 30 or 40 yrs ago.. all advancements in technology have a dark-side. in this particular instance, and prolly dozens if not thousands of others, the fascists in the bush 43 administration made it ok for the gvt to "something something dark side" in the name of killing terrorists and limiting freedom. we need to stop following the medias agenda about whats important, or newsworthy, and decide for ourselves.. congress was largely complicit in the whole nsa domestic data harvesting scheme, the media mostly ignored it until edward snowden risked his life and liberty to reveal the truth. congress is supposed to work for us, to have our best interest at heart.. to follow the constitution.. they dont. wake up. end rant..