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BlackBerry to fix Heartbleed vulnerability for BBM, Secure Work Space

Hackers may be able to steal massive information by exploiting Heartbleed vulnerability.

By CBR Staff Writer

BlackBerry is working on patches to address the OpenSSL flaw Heartbleed security loopholes in its Secure Work Space corporate email and BBM messaging program for Android and iOS, the company has confirmed.

The recently exposed OpenSSL vulnerability could enable malicious hackers to pinch massive information off a server, such as confidential keys and passwords.

BlackBerry senior vice president Scott Totzke was cited by Reuters as saying that BBM and Secure Work Space are in danger to attacks by hackers if they are accessed via WiFi connections or carrier networks.

"The level of risk here is extremely small," Totzke added.

"It’s a very complex attack that has to be timed in a very small window."

However, Totzke claimed that it’s safe to continue using both the apps before an update is rolled out.

Many technology firms and the US government, however, are very serious about the Heartbleed bug and have warned banks and other businesses to be on alert for hackers seeking data uncovered by the bug.

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Firms including Cisco Systems, HP, IBM, Intel, Juniper Networks Oracle, Red Hat have alerted consumers about the risk, with updates from some already being rolled out.

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