forces users to change passwords due to 'Heartbleed'

While most major websites have now been updated to address issues caused by the "Heartbleed" OpenSSL exploit, it looks like its effects will continue to be felt for some time. The latest development involves the U.S. government's site, which has had its own well-publicized server issues in its short history.

The site is now telling its users that they must create a new password before signing in again. The post says that while there is no evidence of any personal information being taken from, the Heartbleed exploit has caused the people who run the site to address these issues "out of an abundance of caution."

Re/code reports that the move was made after a review of by the Department of Homeland Security. In its own post on the subject of Heartbleed, the DHS states that many major government websites don't use OpenSSL and therefore are not affected by the exploit.

As we reported this weekend, the first known arrest of a hacker who exploited Heartbleed for his own ends was made by the Canadian government. 19-year-old Stephen Arthuro Solis-Reyes of London, Ontario is charged with attempting to take personal information from the Canada Revenue Agency’s website.

Source: via Re/code |  Heartbleed image via Shutterstock

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Every website that was (or, god forbid, still is) using any affected version of OpenSSL should be forcing a password change. Yes it's mildly inconvenient for your users, but it's much less inconvenient than having your account hijacked.

This was a smart decision.

DConnell said,
Well there had to be a smart decision about at some point, I suppose . . .

Was it smart if they were only going with the flow?

Exactly what I thought!

With the obvious idiots who did the site in the first place, just imagine the number of idiots in Congress!!