A new bug has infiltrated the internet. Heartbleed is a flaw in OpenSSL, the open-source encryption standard used by the majority of websites that need to transmit data users want to keep secure. It basically provides a secure connection when interacting with websites or sending email.
The bug opened the opportunity for hackers to access encrypted passwords, messages, and possibly other sensitive information.
The credit union has checked all of our online processing systems for this vulnerability and are pleased to report that we have NOT been impacted by the Heartbleed Bug. All of our online systems are secure and regularly tested to ensure they have NOT been breached or compromised.
Tips for protecting yourself:
Change your passwords for important sites – but, be sure to confirm with the service provider that they have not been compromised or that they have a fix in place BEFORE you change your password. Since we were not affected, you do NOT have to change your password for BranchLine or mobile banking, but you may do so if desired.
Keep a close eye on financial statements from all providers – because attackers may be able to access a server’s memory for credit card information, it is a good idea to watch for unfamiliar charges on your statements. You can view current PSCU transactions through BranchLine.
Check with other businesses that have your data – to make sure they are secure. While large companies know about the problem, smaller companies may not be aware, or as proactive as large companies to implement a fix.
For more information, please call a member service representative at (888) 858-6878.