To the UBC community,
A serious security risk called the “Heartbleed Bug” has been detected on the Internet that can put your private information at risk. Information transmitted to an Internet site affected with this bug, such as a log-on page for online banking, may become available to a third party. It takes minimal effort to intercept and the attack is undetectable. The Heartbleed bug has the potential to expose your private data, including usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, and emails. UBC is treating this bug very seriously and is in the process of verifying whether any UBC systems are impacted, and immediately fixing any of those identified. During this process, it may be necessary to suspend some services. If you encounter an unexpected issue accessing a UBC service, please check www.it.ubc.ca/heartbleed to see if your service has been impacted.
Websites that may use the affected technology, referred to as OpenSSL, can be identified by the padlock symbol in the browser address bar. You can use the following tool: http://filippo.io/Heartbleed/ to check if any given web site you wish to use is safe. Due to the nature of this bug, it is difficult to know whether you have been exposed to a site affected by it already. If you use open wi-fi locations to connect through the Internet, such as internet cafes, you are generally at higher risk for being exposed to more security attacks. If you regularly use web sites requiring your private information, such as credit card numbers, we advise you to verify with the site owners that they are sure the site is not affected by the Heartbleed Bug. If you cannot obtain such a verification we suggest you use the tool whose link we provided above to check for yourself. If you are not sure either way that the site is clean, we suggest that you delay using it until the site owner has verified that it is not affected.
Information about this security risk and steps being taken to secure UBC systems can be found at www.it.ubc.ca.
Chief Information Officer
The University of British Columbia