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US denies NSA ‘used’ Web bug

Washington, April 12 (Reuters): The White House and US intelligence agencies said yesterday neither the National Security Agency nor any other part of the government were aware before this month of the “Heartbleed” bug.

They denied a report that the spy agency exploited the glitch in widely used Web encryption technology to gather intelligence.

The White House, the NSA and the office of the director of National Intelligence issued statements after Bloomberg reported that the NSA was aware of the bug for at least two years and exploited it in order to obtain passwords and other basic information used in hacking operations. The Bloomberg report cited two unnamed sources it said were familiar with the matter.

 
 
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