Why Is Heartbleed Called Heartbleed?
After a week of unescapable coverage on tech blogs and news sites, it’s probably safe to say most of us now know what Heartbleed is. In an interview with Vocativ, Codenomicon CEO David Chartier gave the world the backstory on Heartbleed, including exactly how and why the bug got its name. Codenomicon is a cybersecurity company based in Finland, and it was the first to discover the Heartbleed vulnerability. Chartier explained that the bug was first referred to as “CVE-2014-0160,” which was a designator that referenced the line of code containing the bug. As huge as this was, however, they apparently decided it needed a catchier name.
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