The "Heartbleed Bug"
On April 8, 2014 the National Cyber Awareness System announced the discovery of a "Heartbleed Bug". This bug is a flaw in OpenSSL, the open-source encryption used by many websites to transmit secure information like user names and passwords.
This encryption works by making the data look like nonsense to anyone but the intended recipient. Periodically a computer will verify that there is still a computer at the end of its secure connection and will send what is known as a "heartbeat" asking for a response.
Sites that have this bug are vulnerable to hackers who can steal the information sent via the secure connection. Meridian Credit Union has installed a patch to eliminate the Heartbleed vulnerability and continues to monitor this issue.
We recommend changing passwords on a regular basis and monitoring your online banking activity for suspicious transactions.