IEEE has been following the news reports regarding the HeartBleed OpenSSL bug (a.k.a. Heartbleed) affecting the Internet. This vulnerability affects the technology used to encrypt sensitive information. For those of you that log in to e-mail or your banking account and have noticed the "HTTPS" and green lock -- That's Secure Socket Layer (SSL)/Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocols. OpenSSL is among the most popular implementation of these protocols. Many companies on the Internet have been affected.

The IEEE Operations Center in New Jersey performed an assessment of its services and has patched those systems, that we are aware of, that may have been vulnerable to this bug. At this time, IEEE is not aware of any personal information at IEEE that has been compromised in connection with Heartbleed.

As you may know, IEEE members and staff use Google Apps accounts. IEEE has confirmed that Google has addressed the Heartbleed bug. Google has also indicated that they have not found any indications that this flaw was used to compromise any of its systems. However, as a precaution, Google has recommended Google Apps users change their passwords.

At this time the IEEE is advising all GoogleApps@IEEE users to change their account password as soon as possible. IEEE takes the protection of your privacy very seriously and encourages you to take appropriate measures to safeguard your privacy.

Members or customers with questions should visit the IEEE Support Center, or e-mail